Smart water meters to roll out across Telstra's NB-IoT network
Corporate water savings company WaterGroup is expected to undertake its biggest rollout of NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) enabled smart water meters, following Telstra’s recent announcement of its NB-IoT network now reaching more than 3.5 million m2 across Australia.
“Up until now only some of Australia’s largest water utilities, including Sydney Water, have been able to pilot our NB-IoT network-enabled ultrasonic water meter, aka the NUmeter,” said Guenter Hauber-Davison, Managing Director of WaterGroup.
“Now that [the] Telstra NB-IoT network has been commercially launched we can now roll out the NUmeter to not only water utilities but also large property managers and other large water users.”
The Bureau of Meteorology reports that non-revenue water loss in Australia in the past five years reached over 870 GL, which is 10% of water utilities’ system input. Yet in 2015–16, household water usage increased 3% to 1899 GL. This means that while we’re using more water than ever, we’re also continuing to waste this highly valuable resource.
“Causes of water loss include real or physical losses, such as leaks in a system’s network, and apparent losses, such as metering inaccuracies and unauthorised consumption,” said Hauber-Davison.
“The ability to monitor water consumption will mean less bill shock for residents, and unnoticed leaks will be a thing of the past.”
WaterGroup launched the first commercially available NB-IoT ready, fully integrated, ultrasonic smart water meter in January 2018. Easy to connect, with long battery life and long-range connectivity, it is NMI certified and meets all the relevant Australian standards.
“The NUmeter also offers flexibility of open and globally standardised LPWAN communications, which means water utilities and property managers can avoid being potentially tied into expensive single-vendor or proprietary wireless infrastructure,” said Hauber-Davison.
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