Home Market Telstra NB-IOT switch on big step towards millions in water savings, claims WaterGroup

Corporate water consultancy company WaterGroup says millions of dollars in manual water reading costs will now be saved with the use of smart water meters.

According to WaterGroup, with the switching on of Telstra’s NB-IoT Network, it can now deploy  state of the art ultrasonic, intelligent water meters to provide remote online meter readings.

“Telstra is Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network so with their NB-IoT Network now switched on, we can deploy our state of the art ultrasonic, intelligent water meters to provide remote online meter readings,” says Guenter Hauber-Davison, managing director of WaterGroup.

“This will save millions of dollars in manual water meter reading costs. More importantly, though, it will save many millions of litres of precious drinking water by identifying leakage as and when it happens,

“Utilities, can now deploy smart water meters hassle free into residential dwellings, apartments and difficult-to-access basements, due to the deep long range network coverage of NB-IoT.

“It will provide utilities ,for the first time ever, with a cost-effective way to truly understand in near real time where the water is going — and where it is lost — In their water distribution network.

“Utilities will also for the first time be able to bring the Australian consumer what they want – a future of smart water use monitoring where live consumption data is displayed on their smart phones with corresponding alarms. It will make bill shock and unnoticed leaks a thing of the past.”

Hauber-Davison said with growing populations, utilities were obligated to anticipate rising demands. Sydney and Melbourne, home to 40% of all Australians, are expected to accommodate another three million residents each by the mid-2050s.

“Smart water management and protecting one of our most important natural resources is essential," he said.

“The new NB-IoT enabled ultrasonic, intelligent water meters are expected to collectively save Australian water users 160 million litres of water a year, enough to supply a city of 900,000 residents with water.”

Hauber-Davison said during FY 2016/17 alone, WaterGroup had delivered measurable outcomes for its clients including water savings of almost 300 million litres with cost savings of more than $1 million.

“For example, less than six weeks after Australian National University engaged WaterGroup to install a smart metering system on its campus, approximately $300,000 in potential water usage savings were identified.”


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