Identifying critical differences between Smart Water & Smart Water Metering
The water utility of old is rapidly evolving to a Smart Utility, but it’s important to distinguish Smart Water Metering from Smart Water to ensure you achieve the best business and financial outcomes, as there are fundamental differences.
Smart Water (SW) which includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and SCADA represents the complete end-to-end water system from water source (dam, bores etc) through to transmission to treatment then distribution through to consumption, and finally the sewer and storm water systems. The introduction of IIOT enables a far broader range of monitoring, data gathering and use cases to be addressed than traditional SCADA, enabling improved insight, greater optimisation and risk management.
Smart Water Metering (SWM) is a subset of Smart Water focusing on residential, commercial and network meters. SWM devices all perform the same simple function, collect water meter data. Once this data is collected, it opens a treasure trove of opportunity to solve water problems. There are likely to be 50 to 100 times more SWM than SW devices in a utility and so individual unit cost and overall device life are key drivers for lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
Smart Water Vs Metering
Decision making considerations for Smart Water vs Smart Water Metering