London, England, 15 January 2013 - Sensus, a leading provider of intelligent smart communication solutions for water, gas and electric utilities, has delivered 100 percent connectivity to smart water meters located underground as part of a long range radio technology trial in Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
The introduction of smart water meters in Ireland will help Irish Water (a subsidiary of Bord Gáis) deliver efficiencies through the use of metering and network data and also help consumers manage their own water consumption, reducing demand and impact on the environment. Smart Water meters can also help detect early customer side leakages helping to reduce any consequential damages.
Neil Adams, Business Development Manager, Sensus, said: “We’re keen to demonstrate that proven solutions exist that address the water management challenges Ireland is currently facing. We’ve worked with over 200 utilities throughout the world, supporting them in similar initiatives ensuring that their investment and the capabilities of the network are maximised.”
The trial was implemented in partnership with KTL Ltd, who has a proven track record of delivering critical national infrastructure projects in Ireland, and Morrison Utility Services Ireland Ltd, who offer a wide range of utility services including meter installation. Adams continued; “The insight and intelligence that comes from the data generated by smart meters is critical. It gives water utilities greater visibility of their networks and provides information that can then help them manage their networks more efficiently.”
As part of the GB SmartReach consortium, Sensus has supported Thames Water demonstrating the suitability of a long‐range radio communications networks for connecting smart water meters for entire district meter areas.
Frank Gogarty, Director, IPL Group, who specialise in the supply of water pipeline fittings in Ireland said; “Currently an average 41 percent of water is unaccounted for in Ireland due to leakages and unbilled usage. This trial has demonstrated that technologies exist that can make this a thing of the past. We hope that in the long-term, smart water meters will deliver financial benefits for Ireland by helping to achieve greater efficiencies in our networks and reduce leakages.”
Water charges will start to be introduced to consumers in Ireland in 2014. The introduction of Smart water meters will enable homes and businesses to better manage their own consumption. Ireland is driving forward with water, gas and electricity smart metering programmes. If a communications infrastructure was chosen that could support all three utilities there would be significant synergies and cost savings.
Notes to editor
The Cork trial started in early October 2012. Sensus water meters paired to radio endpoints have been deployed by Morrison Utility Services Ireland Ltd across the Ballincollig and the surrounding area. A single base station (TGB) and antenna was installed by KTL Ltd on an existing tower site in the town.
In December 2012 Sensus released a global survey of 182 water utilities to understand the challenges they were facing regarding water management. The results found the $12.5billion could be saved by introducing a smart water network. Full findings can be found at http://sensus.com/smartwaternetworks
Sensus is a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water. Learn more at www.sensus.com. To follow Twitter updates from Sensus, please visit http://twitter.com/sensussmartgrid.
The KTL group is recognised as a leading provider of engineering services to the telecommunications and utility sectors, working primarily with mobile network operators, electricity network operators and major equipment vendors. The group has grown significantly over the last 15 years, and has operations in Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries. KTL provides a full range of engineering services to mobile network operators, from network design, planning and optimisation through to radio access network installation and commissioning. KTL also provide programme management and full turnkey network rollout as required. KTL has a full range of civil, structural and electrical engineering resources that can provide comprehensive solutions for major electrical infrastructure projects, including substation, underground cables, overhead lines and wind farm balance of plant projects. www.ktl.ie
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