Belgian utility uses Sigfox network in smart meter pilot


In a press statement, the water company said it has partnered with IoT network firm Engie M2M to trial how some 1,000 smart water meters can help to enhance its water management.

The smart meters to deployed in the one-year pilot will use the Sigfox wireless IoT network and operated by Engie M2M.

The wireless network will ensure the smart water meters provide a two-way communication between the utility and its consumers. [Trends in Belgium’s smart meter landscape].

However, the water company said it is still in the process of shortlisting its customers registering to participate in the programme.

Water-link will decide from the results of the pilot, whether to deploy some extra 205,000 smart water meters by the end of 2020. The deployment of the smart meters in the second phase will equip all of the utility’s customers in Antwerp with the new meters.

Benefits of smart water meters

[quote] The Water-link project is expected to improve billing and revenue collection and reduce non-revenue water through quick leak detection.

The smart meters will also lower the company’s operational expenses through remote meter reading.

The news follows an announcement by the UK water distribution company Southern Water that its advanced metering infrastructure project in south and south-east England is saving 27 million litres of treated water a day.

Local media reported that 62% of Southern Water’s smart meter points – installed since 2010 – have resulted in a GBP162 decrease in bills per year.

Business Green reported that in the city of Southampton alone, consumers with smart meters are saving 5.3 million litres a day.

Almost 450,000 water meters have been installed in homes across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.

Commenting on the development, Richard Price, director of engineering and construction at Southern Water, said: “Our customers have worked hard to reduce their consumption by 16.5%, against a national average of 10% when having a water meter installed.”


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