Water, water everywhere…

Is smart metering the only technology response for utilities wanting to improve the collection of water metering data?  

There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by when there isn’t one mention of water in our news broadcasts or social channels.  No matter where in the world you choose, water is a top topic under discussion.

Regionally the focus ranges from rainfall, capture and treatment in the driest communities to storage, clean supply, cost, measurement and whether to impose further levies in those populations which have already recognised the importance of water conservation.  Not only logistically but politically the arguments continue to intensify around safe and healthy water supply.

With predictions for our future water supply looking ominous, attention is constantly focussed on the present day measuring and managing of our most precious natural commodity. For example, the use of drones is changing the way public drains are inspected in the United Kingdom.

Vast money and time has been dedicated to coming up with workable solutions to an ideal water meter and as technology continues to get ever smarter how do you make the decision for future proofing your service?

Smart-meter networks are increasingly being evaluated and rolled out by water authorities, in order to gather current consumption data to help with decision making for better managing services and supply. While there’s little doubt for the need to invest in technology solutions how do you work out the best approach for your network in terms of its longevity and future flexibility?

Rapid technology lifecycles are making business planning for water authorities and metering providers even harder.  The smart money is on building a stable foundation which can grow with new technology yet to be developed and adapt to future demands of your customers.

Advances in computing power, data management and communications bandwidth make the Internet of Things (IoT) a credible alternative towards measuring and managing existing water networks. Intelligent electronic devices deployed at pumpstations and distribution networks, involving applications, sensors and networking can make the existing infrastructure smarter.

The challenge is charting a path to achieve this vision using cost-effective strategies. Meeting this challenge requires tuning out the noise about industry disruption to identify and seize the opportunities that IoT technologies enable. To realise the full potential of IoT technologies, we need to understand how to create and capture value from information.

…and not a drop to drink.

It is over 200 years since Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote this famous line in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – getting it right for your network now will go some way to ensuring these poetic words don’t come true anytime soon.

To learn more about how water stakeholders in the Australian utilities space can find inexpensive alternatives to smart data collection, DataCol have developed an Insight Series.  Read the white paper Managing what you measure.

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