Context is Everything
Smart water meter reading can reduce data collection time from several weeks or months to a few hours. It enables accurate data, better resource distribution and improved customer service.
It minimizes or fully eliminates the need to either manually read the meter, which requires physical access to the meter or to prompt the customer to conduct the reading and report the consumption figure.
As a result, you dramatically reduce time, costs and administration related to meter reading.
Essentially this enables you to do more with fewer resources.
The digital utility is rapidly evolving
The digital utility knows the exact consumption of every single user, and the precise resource supplied to the different supply areas and sections.
Regardless of whether they are supplied from one or several supply points. Imagine total transparency in the distribution network and what benefits would you gain?
The Smart word works
Utilities are being driven to find more cost-effective ways to run their business and must look for new ways of optimizing their work to find the right balance between covering operating costs, managing assets and supporting conservation.
Major global trends are having a profound effect on this industry.
From managing aging infrastructure to controlling operational costs, there’s a lot on the line for securing the future of our resources.
How do you not just manage these challenges, but overcome them and improve the distribution network in the process?
Plug and play meter reading
In a smart metering context, there is nothing new or revolutionary about interconnected electronic devices collecting and exchanging data.
What is new is that when you buy a meter with IoT communication the network infrastructure is already rolled out or in the process of being so.
The network provider handles daily operation and maintenance, while you subscribe to using the network to read your smart meters. Currently, Sigfox and NB-IoT are the IoT technologies with the most potential for water utilities.
NB-IoT is still primarily being tested in trials while a smart meter that can be read by a Sigfox network is ready for sale.
A new reality for smart metering
Gone are the days of using smart metering systems just for billing purposes. Today, smart metering systems offer various services valuable to both utility and end user. These services have changed the requirements for how data is extracted from the meters, and also the technological requirements for these systems. Now, robustness and reliability are essential to ensure data quality and to support the increasing meter population.
With the expected evolution of connected devices, the wireless communication for collecting smart meter data should be carefully designed – so it matches both today’s and future needs.
Utilities can make use of a vast array of options when designing a smart metering infrastructure. But as no solution fits all needs, they each represent a trade-off between desired features and undesired consequences.