WaterGroup has launched Australia’s first, NarrowBand IoT ultrasonic, intelligent water meters according to a company press release.“With Australia’s big telecommunications companies switching on narrowband IoT now, water utility managers can, for the first time, connect and deploy sophisticated smart water meters across their existing telco networks effortlessly without the need to first establish a communications system,” says Guenter Hauber-Davidson, the managing director of WaterGroup. Hauber-Davidson says connecting these devices is as easy as connecting to a mobile phone.
“These new water meters will play a key role to help water utility managers successfully tackle the huge water loss in Australia. Every year, our urban and regional water systems deliver about two billion cubic metres of potable water every year. Yet 10-12% are lost through leaks and other causes such as unaccounted use of water,” added Hauber-Davidson.
“These fully integrated ultrasonic, intelligent water meters are ideal for residential dwellings, apartments, difficult-to-access basements and even rural zones where Optus, Vodafone or Telstra have enabled narrowband IoT already. This makes them a convenient and cost-effective choice for water utilities, builders and strata managers.”
Narrowband IoT communication is fully-integrated into the smart water meters, which utilise ultrasonic sending technology to provide highly accurate meter readings for the entire life of the meter. According to the release, high quality and a long life are "a given."
WaterGroup has already been utilising IoT applications through services such as leak insurance and bill shock and driven significant money savings for water utilities, municipalities and other large water users. In addition, during the 2016/17 financial year, Water Group as, according to a statement, saved almost 300 million litres of water, accounting for a saving of some $1 million. [Australian city councils embark on water efficiency programmes].
Earlier this year, WaterGroup announced it was working with Reekoh, developers of an IoT platform that enables seamless interoperability between connected devices and enterprise platforms, services, business systems and processes.
The two companies are already working together to help councils improve how they collect water usage data, reduce the likelihood of leaks and damage to networks.
“With Reekoh’s interoperability capabilities, it’s easier for our clients to integrate data with their own existing sustainability reporting, workflow and facility management systems – and to realise savings in both water and money,” Hauber-Davidson reiterated.