Unlocking Urban Efficiency: How Smart Water Metering is Climbing the Data Summit

As we look to the horizon of urban water network efficiency and resource management, the words of renowned mountaineer George Mallory echo with profound relevance. When questioned in 1923 about his relentless pursuit to conquer Mount Everest, Mallory famously retorted, “Because it’s there.” This statement encapsulates the indomitable human spirit and our intrinsic desire to harness every frontier, every peak that stands before us.

In parallel, the advent of smart meters presents us with a modern Everest. They are technological monoliths, not of ice and rock, but of potential and opportunity. Their existence is not simply to be acknowledged but to be leveraged to their fullest extent. “Because they are there” is a clarion call to the utility sector, urging it to climb its formidable peak by tapping into the raw data these devices offer.

Just as Mallory viewed Everest as the ultimate challenge, utilities must see the wise utilization of smart meters as their own summit to scale. Installing these devices and letting them idle in mediocrity is not enough. We must climb higher, push further, and use the wealth of information provided by smart meters to its absolute limit. Because when we do, we reach new heights of efficiency, sustainability, and economic savings, discovering vistas of innovation and management that we could only imagine before. So let us climb, not because it is easy, but because the peak exists—because the potential is there, waiting to be realized.

In an age where efficiency and precision are paramount, integrating sensor units in urban water infrastructure (also known as CWS, Community water systems) has become increasingly prominent. These devices have set the stage for smart city advancements from pressure to ultrasonic meters. However, despite their potential, challenges persist. High costs, complex installations, and the occasional lack of accuracy underscore the limitations of current sensor technologies. Moreover, the breadth of data they can analyze remains confined, often failing to capture the expansive scope of an urban landscape.

Enter the era of smart metering. Automated Meter Reading (AMR) manufacturers have ushered in a new paradigm with the potential for remote access to water smart meters. Traditional utility practices, which involve monthly readings for billing, barely scratch the surface of these meters’ capabilities. They hold the promise of continuous, granular data collection—down to hourly intervals.

Leakzon Seized the opportunity presented by the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence and has emerged as a trailblazer. Their sophisticated AI-driven tool transcends the status quo by harvesting data from smart water meters to deliver comprehensive insights into the health and the efficiency of water networks, with a keen focus on mitigating water loss (also known as Non-Revenue Water, NRW).

The intelligence provided by LeakZon empowers utilities with clarity and precision. Operational and strategic decisions are now clear of ambiguity. The platform’s user-friendly interface translates complex data into actionable information, enabling task prioritization, resource optimization, and proactive network management.

This way, the LeakZon platform can detect almost any type of NRW, whether it is unauthorized consumption, meter inaccuracies, or just leakages in transmission and distribution mains.

Yes, even today, most AMR management platforms provide the raw data. However, understanding the data and digging out the AI insight is the real challenge, which, unfortunately, is left out of their existing platforms.

In today’s dynamic landscape, the imperative for utilities to evolve is undeniable. Embracing innovative solutions like LeakZon prevents the utilities from “bleeding money” and escalates the efficacy of water network operations. The result? Substantial financial savings and a leap toward sustainable resource management.

© Tomer Eisner, LeakZon 2023

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