Australian National Measurement Institute approves smart water meter to aid conservation


Smart Meter AustraliaCanberra, Australia — (METERING.COM) — September 4, 2006 – Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI), responsible for coordinating the country’s national measurement system, has approved a solid state water meter which is expected to make a major contribution to conserving supplies of this vital resource.

Over half a million units of the new SmartMeter™, developed by Severn Trent Services (STS), a UK-based provider of water industry technologies and services, have already been installed around the world. The meter is unaffected by sand, grit or other particulates, making it particularly suitable for operation in adverse environmental conditions. It can also distinguish between air and water, useful when supply is interrupted – many mechanical meters register air as water, leading to customer complaints and lack of confidence in the billing system.

The SmartMeter has no moving parts, and thus experiences no wear of the type common to conventional meters, which can lead to under-recording and subsequent revenue loss on the part of utilities. Water authorities are increasingly focusing on accurate measurement of water supplied, and the SmartMeter can help conserve scarce resources, ensure accurate revenue collection and ultimately protect consumers from unnecessary price increases.

STS has appointed BA Technologies to distribute the SmartMeter throughout Australia.