North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network


In the US state of North Carolina, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities has selected Sensus for the provision and deployment of a smart utility network.

The smart utility network project will include upgrades and network enhancements for advanced leak detection and timely consumption data.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities will deploy a mix of approximately 130,000 residential and commercial smart water meters over the next three years.

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The project will start this September to enable:

  1. Automated meter monitoring, accurate water billing and advanced leak detection.
  2. Access to real-time data.
  3. Efficient use of staff time and reduced truck rolls for service calls.
  4. Improve operational efficiency and sustainability, optimise water system operations and reduce maintenance costs.

The two have also signed a 20-year partnership deal that includes Sensus providing its network-as-a-service and software-as-a-service offerings to help the city to maintain and perform software upgrades as necessary.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities director Courtney Driver, said: “Our WaterSavvy advanced meter programme will provide both us and our customers with real-time data on water usage.

“This meter upgrade will enhance our services and empower our customers to better manage how much water they use.”