Philippines utility sets aside US$11m for meter upgrade


The budget will be channelled towards replacing old meters installed before 2005 with new model of water meters and smart water meters to help curb water losses and inaccurate water billing.

According to a local publication, P428m (US$9.2m) of the budget will fund replacement of some 135,000 old residential meters with new meters across West Concession whilst P40m (US$860,000) will be used to convert some mechanical meters to electromagnetic meters to allow automatic meter reading.

P90m will be used for the assessment and maintenance of water meters in primary distribution lines and installation in newly built properties.

[quote] According to a local publication, since launch of the meter upgrade programme in 2012, the utility has managed to recover 28m litres of water per day.

Commenting on the programme, Maynilad president, Ramoncito Fernandez, said: “Water meters only have an optimum life span of about seven years. Given this, the timely replacement of water meters is essential so our customers can be assured that Maynilad records and bills their consumption accurately.”

The company estimates that commercial losses account for 24 percent of its non-revenue water.

Smart deployments in South East Asia

The news follows announcement by the Wi-SUN Alliance that its support of added wireless frequency bands in Southeast Asia, which will improve data rates, performance, robustness and security for smart grid, smart city and IoT deployments across the region.

The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global organisation consisting of an ecosystem of companies seeking the the advancement of connectivity for the Internet of Things.

Improved connectivity for ‘smart’ deployments

In the last quarter of 2015, the Alliance said that with the growth in the need for smart grid, smart city and IoT deployments across Southeast Asia, the additional frequency bands will “allow for improved data rates, performance, robustness and security.”

The added new frequency bands were 920-925 MHz in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam; 919-923 MHz in Malaysia; 918-920 MHz in the Philippines and 917-923 in Korea.

The Alliance said that with Wi-SUN support for the additional connectivity bands, countries in Southeast Asia have access to proven Wi-SUN profiles for Field Area Networking (FAN) and Home Area Networking (HAN).

Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance said: “Wi-SUN is responding to the announced market demand for Smart Grid and Smart City deployments in Asia.

“The Wi-SUN FAN profile, using currently available frequency bands, provides a foundation for enhanced Utility, Smart City and other IoT implementations in the region, as already proven by millions of devices deployed globally.”

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