In the US, utility and wastewater provider United Water has selected Sensus advanced metering technology in a bid to assist the utility to provide sustainable water solutions for its New York and New Jersey customers.
United Water plans to use Sensus’ FlexNet communication solution to help the utility more effectively track water use through on-demand meter reads, leak identification and water theft detection.
David Stanton, president of United Water’s Regulated Business, said: “It will help to secure increasingly scarce resources for the region, accelerate our trend of reducing water lost from our distribution systems and improve the experience of our customers by providing greater billing accuracy.”
The utility will deploy the North Carolina-based company's FlexNet product through software as a service to 325,000 smart endpoints.
The solution provides a long-range radio network that enables secure bi-directional communication highway, requiring minimal infrastructure.
Dan Pinney, director, Global Water Marketing at Sensus, said: “The FlexNet communication system easily integrates with existing systems. That means lower network maintenance and operating costs associated with deploying an extensive network infrastructure.”
Scalable metering solution
Also on the US east coast, the City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) has invested in Sensus’ FlexNet solution gas communications network and managed services.
Similarly to United Water, LBGO cited the reasons it chose the Sensus FlexNet solution was it is easy to deploy, scalable and interoperable with existing infrastructure.
Director at LBGO Christopher Garner said: “We chose Sensus because the minimal infrastructure of FlexNet enabled us to deploy in three years, but the scalability of Sensus’ technology enables us to benefit from the system for the next 30 years and beyond.”