Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2010 - The contract for the supply of water automated meter reading (AMR) technology to cover the 250,000 water meters across Malta was recently awarded to Suez Environnement and Lyonnaise des Eaux, through their joint subsidiary Ondeo Systems.

The project, which is being managed by IBM, is part of an initiative to deploy water and electricity advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and a smart grid on Malta. The island, which sits in the heart of the Mediterranean basin, is facing a serious shortage of natural water resources and the problem is compounded by climate change and influx of one million tourists each summer. To overcome the water shortage, Malta has been using sea water desalination since the mid-eighties and promotes the sensible use of water resources to all its inhabitants. The new AMR system will represent a further rmodernization of the water service.

Suez Environnement’s remote meter reading technology will allow the accurate monitoring on a daily basis of inhabitants’ consumption. The AMR device operates from a fixed long-range transmitter which sends a reading to a central IT server. The system allows real time monitoring of water consumption and can, for instance, quickly identify abnormal consumption which may be due to a leak.

The water and electricity AMI system is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.