Global IT company Trimble has launched a new smart water mapping and work management technology to help utilities manage their assets.In a press statement, the company said its new solution 'Trimble Unity 3.0' is a cloud-based GIS centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for smart water management.
By using the tech, the US based company claims that utilities will optimise their operations through improved grid asset monitoring achieved through the firm’s GNSS mapping technology integrated in the solution.
[quote] The solution allows utilities to monitor real time operations, deploy smart meters, as well as quickly attend to leaks to reduce non-revenue water, explains the statement.
In addition, the solution contains an App Builder which customers can use to integrate their own apps with Unity 3.0 to improve existing workflows and data collection processes.
The integration will allow functionalities such as simplified connection between mobile workers and a company's headquarters, to access maps and data from back office enterprise systems even when their devices are disconnected from a wireless data network.
"Although our water industry customers face similar challenges, we see them using a variety of unique business processes and approaches for managing their work and resources," said Rami Naber, product manager for Trimble Water.
The solution leverages the EsriGIS technology across devices such as iPhones, iPads, Windows and Android smartphones supporting EsriGIS mapping.
Smart water technologies in the US
The launch of the solution follows announcement by the US city of Napa, in January, that it has added 16,000 radio transmitters to water meters to allow meter readers to collect usage information wirelessly while traveling past local homes and businesses.
The city said it will add equipment to directly relay information to a city database, allowing for automated billing and earlier alerts for leaky or broken pipes.
According to a local publication, the city expects to complete upgrading of all its 25,200 water meters by 2018.
Commenting on the status of the project, which commenced in Q3 of 2015, Joy Eldredge, manager of the city Water Division said, "The upgrade’s eventual goal, however, is to create a constant flow of water-use records and tie that data seamlessly into the department’s computerized billing."
Eldredge added that Napa is evaluating billing software from various companies and should make its choice by April this year.
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