Australian municipality selects Itron for water management


In a combined statement, Itron said it is helping the Snowy Valleys Council to improve customer services and management of its water distribution system.

The council has begun deploying Itron’s water metering automation solution, including Itron subsidiary Temetra’s advanced data collection and data management software as a service (SaaS).

Metering benefits

With the software, meter readers are able to remotely collect meter data with fast drive-by metering. The solution collects and processes advanced data to capture insights from across the council’s distribution network.

[quote] The solution will help Snowy Valleys Council reduce expenses incurred for conducting door-to-door meter readings.

In addition, the system helps in reducing human error associated with manual meter reading and meter data processing.

The data is available through an online, cloud-based interface and the solution seamlessly integrates with the council’s billing system.

Dominique Lerouge, vice president of water and heat at Itron in the Asia Pacific region, said: ”The flexibility of the solution allows the council to deploy smart technologies at its own pace and easily upgrade to AMI if the need arises.” [Related news: Australia tops funding for water and energy management in Pakistan].

Water distribution management

Meanwhile, Itron partnered with UK-headquartered smart water solutions firm i2O Water to help Brazilian utility SANASA improve its operations and reduce water loss. [Read full story: Brazilian utility selects Itron and i20 Water to reduce water loss]

Itron said it will integrate i20 Water’s smart pressure management technology into SANASA’s water distribution network for remote management of utility’s system.

The technology automatically adjusts water pressure within the distribution system in line with consumers water usage and flow changes.

In a combined statement, SANASA said it selected the solution to reduce non-revenue water as a result of water leakages and burst pipes.

The solution is expected to help the utility reduce operational costs, improve customer service to its 1.1 million customers and increase the life span of network infrastructure by 20% to 40%.

The system is also expected to help SANASA decrease its energy usage on water distribution.

Itron at European Utility Week

Itron will be one of many exhibiting at the upcomming European Utility Week, taking place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona Spain from 15th to 17th November 2016.

To be addressed are the challenges created for the utility sector in meeting the EU’s climate change targets. Partner countries Denmark and Italy will showcase their efforts so far in creating a greener energy sector.

The event will attract over 12,000 visitors who will be able to attend the Summit or Hub session programmes. The Summit programme facilitates high-level knowledge sharing, networking, and business opportunities for C-Level experts and innovative thinkers. The Hub Sessions are accessible for all visitors and offer free content to everyone who walks the exhibition floor in the form of practical real life project experiences.

New to the event this year are two new features addressing the topical issues of renewables and climate change. The first is the Energy Revolution Europe which will be featured in the exhibition with a dedicated zone and Hub Session Programme. The Hub Session programme will look at the Renewable Energy Directive and discus whether the sector is really ready for large-scale renewable integration and generation.

The second will focus on Intelligent Buildings Europe, a very relevant topic as the European market for building energy efficient products and services has grown from €41.4 billion in 2014 and is predicted to reach €80.8 billion in 2023. The Hub Session programme for Intelligent Buildings Europe will discuss the common goal of meeting climate change commitments, whilst adding commercial perspective to being energy efficient.

The opening plenary Summit session will include Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Energy, Christian Pilgaard Zinglersen, who will discuss the energy markets of the future. He will explore developments in the wholesale market and what it needs to change to fit with the energy transition, and the digitalisation of energy services in both Denmark and Europe.


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