smart-meter-infrastructureLGIn Europe, Denmark’s Kamstrup A/S, supplier of energy and water metering solutions, and telecommunications company Vodafone have partnered to showcase a low-cost meter reading technology for water utilities.

The Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT) water meter reading solution is made possible by the Internet of Things, which connects objects into existing wireless communications systems so they may share data with one another.

The solution leverages existing communications infrastructure, such as Vodafone’s telecom networks, making it possible for utilities to receive real-time data on customer water consumption from water meters.

The communication option increases the intelligence of the entire water system by collecting data and connecting it with other aspects of their operations, such as water production, distribution, and billing, said Kampstrup in a statement.

Per Asmussen, CEO of Kamstrup, commented: “The Internet of Things is opening a new realm of possibilities for water utilities to improve their efficiencies.

“We see it as an opportunity for utilities to be more connected than ever to consumption data and to be able to apply this data to all aspects of their operations.”

IoT empowering wireless communication

IoT proves as a viable solution for remote meter reading as it reaches greater distances and depths than GSM – ideal for water meters which are often installed deep underground in steel pits, Kamstrup claims.

The meter reading solution uses minimum battery life, extending the lifespan of smart water meters.

The two companies will introduce the CIoT water meter reading solution at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from 2-5 March 2015.

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