Improved sensor technologies and firmware applications, big data analytics tools and embedded machine-to-machine communication and processing platforms have opened up new opportunities for utilities to collect data that has typically been manually collected and rarely evaluated. This white paper highlights those opportunities and their application in building intelligent water systems.
Water and wastewater
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When a water audit found 39% of the water coming through the Town of Olds' supply line couldn’t be accounted for, it appeared leak repairs might recover enough water to delay the need for expensive infrastructure expansion. The town deployed an Itron system with strategically placed acoustic sensors to analyze sound patterns, detecting new, evolving and pre-existing leaks automatically. Click to read about the revenue savings that resulted.
The utility serving Madison, Tennessee used to read its water meters manually every other month, estimating usage in intervening months. Even so, the process took eight to 10 readers, in four to five cars, more than 20 hours. After switching to RF technology from Neptune Technology Group, it now takes two days, two readers and one truck -- and those are just some of the benefits.