Australia’s South East Water orders additional 35k Landis+Gyr smart meters

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Melbourne-based utility South East Water has selected Landis+Gyr for the provision of smart water meters and for the implementation of a leak detection programme.

The water utility to 1.91 million people will install some 35,000 smart water meters from Landis+Gyr and integrate them with a leak detection sensor Sotto.

This will help the utility to measure and monitor consumer water usage in real-time for improved water efficiency and accurate billing.

South East Water will leverage data generated by smart meters to develop water conservation mechanisms to enhance both consumer’s and the company’s sustainability efforts.

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Smart meters are expected to help improve the utility’s revenue collection. The leak detection system will reduce the company’s non-revenue expenses and improve the maintenance and operation of the distribution network.

South East Water has previously deployed some 5,000 NB-IoT smart water meters developed by Landis+Gyr as part of their digital transformation initiative. In early September, the two companies agreed to combine the smart meter and leak detector and offer the solution to utilities in New Zealand and Australia.

South East Water started its trial of NB-IoT low-powered devices in 2017 to assess the ability of digital solutions in enhancing the safety and reliability of its water distribution system.

Kevin Hutchings, managing director at South East Water, said: “NB-IoT is just one of several (LPWAN) standards that we’re trialling. We’ve always recognised that connecting devices across our network, and being able to exchange data with assets regardless of their location, has huge benefits for our customers and our organisation.”