SMART WATER METERS
Taggle has the complete solution for any water meter in any environment.
34 Utilities and Councils Australia wide
Over 140,000 devices in the field delivering hourly data
Providing insight into water consumption, leaks and network status
Smart Water Meter Technology
A smart water meter is a digital device that measures, in real time, the amount of water in use, then via a low frequency radio transmitter securely sends data to the cloud for processing.
The ability to analyze and monitor the information collected from smart water meters on every household, business and public space within the community is incredibly powerful.
Non-revenue water, in the form of network leaks, on property leaks and water theft can now be identified and addressed.
Utilities are building positive customer relations with the ability to proactively alert them to high water consumption and potential leaks.
Whole community attitudes towards water consumption is changing with the use of online portals where customers can monitor and manage their own usage.
With hourly data points Utilities can learn what is happening within the network, reduce costs associated with pumping, the cost of lost water and rebates claimed for concealed leaks as these are now quickly identified.
Leaks can cause serious damage to infrastructure if not quickly addressed. Targeting maintenance to minimise disruption and network downtime adds to greater customer satisfaction.
Water is our most valuable asset, utilities lose large amounts of water each year to water theft. With Taggle technology you have the tools to help pinpoint possible theft instances identifying when, where and how to support investigations.
Reducing the water consumption across the network and throughout the community has the possibility of delaying major infrastructure upgrades to deal with growing population and water requirements.
Another benefit of smart meters is employee safety. Eliminate the risk of dog and snake bites from being out in the field manually reading meters.
Having a clear understanding of what is occurring in the network opens a world of opportunity.
Smart Water Networks
In addition to Automatic Meter Reading, Taggle’s technology is being used to collect data from a wide range of other sensors.
Examples include sewer overflow sensors, water level sensors (float switch and pressure types), pressure sensors, water quality, rain gauges, temperature and humidity sensors and others which have digital, analog and serial interfaces.
Data from such sensors can provide a new level of information for SCADA systems, allowing operators to get a more complete picture of what is happening across their networks.
Once a receiver is in place the opportunity to further expand the network is always there. If your utility is facing any challenges it could be possible that with more information a solution can be found.
Apartment buildings, shopping centres and commercial properties
Many apartment buildings, shopping centres and commercial properties receive water through one “master” meter, with water and heating bills often divided based on floor-area.
This removes accountability for water use from tenants who have the most control over water use.
Installing meters at each tenancy, often referred to as “sub-metering”, ensures a user-pays approach and provides an economic benefit to those tenants who are more frugal with their water consumption.
Installing automated meter reading technology on these sub-meters provides the ability to provide real-time data to consumers allowing them to take control of their water and energy consumption.
Taggle worked with the building manager of Miramar, a modern 38-storey apartment building, to more equitably manage the water and energy billing system for the owners.
Many apartment owners lived overseas and used their apartment for only a month or two each year and did not want to pay for water they did not use.
Taggle’s smart metering technology is used on 534 hot and cold water meters to measure consumption and equitably distribute the utility bills amongst residents.
“The average water use was 400 kilolitres a day minimum. Since we installed the meters, water usage has dropped by 100 kilolitres a day,” said Sunny Sun, the building manager for Miramar.
Smart Sewer Networks
With the range of information now available with the use of low cost IoT Sensors and Networks, we can get a clear picture of what is happening across the Sewer System with alerts to abnormalities and preset parameters indicating problems.
Many factors influence and impact the sewer network including rainfall, wind, rising ground water and blockages. We can now monitor the effects of rainfall and predict sewer overflow events as well as the effect wind and weather has on odours within the system.
From the sensor through all stages of processing and analysis to the software, Taggle has the complete solution to manage your network.
The benefits of a Smart Sewer Network
– Measure the impact of rain and groundwater on overflows and odour build up
– Predict changes due to environmental influences
– Alerts to developing blockages and problem areas requiring maintenance
– Reduce flooding and overflow events
– Detect unsafe gas and odour build up
– Increases predictability and early warning for sewer overflows
– Monitor if the water level is outside of an expected normal range
The drivers of change and benefits of knowledge
Identifying Water Loss
Customers by actively managing their water usage can identify water leaks within their property. Council can use the instantaneous data to identify mains leaks. Lowering this water loss reduces electricity usage cost at the water plants and pump stations and also equates to extending the life expectancy of the mechanical and electrical components.
Providing a Customer Portal is a very positive step forward in community relations. Real time access to their water usage patterns and subsequent cost provide the customer with the power to manage their water usage. This will reduce the frequency of customer complaints.
The Network installed to manage Council’s water data can also be used by other local businesses to monitor a wide variety of parameters. These include but not limited to weather data, soil moisture, Viticulture, Industry to name a few.
Minimising water loss and reduction in the total consumption leaves more water in the river system enhancing the health of the aquatic environment.
Reduce operating costs and non revenue water losses