Protect the Planet with M2M
Demand for water is only growing, especially as the world’s population continues to explode. One place this is very apparent is in India. As the water suppliers are faced with the need to manage the resource as efficiently as possible, M2M and smart water meters are coming onto the scene in a big way in India, as a means to reduce water loss.
Two new projects in particular seek to ensure ongoing service in India. One comes from infrastructure development company, SPML, www.spml.co.in, which has launched a 12-year pilot to improve water distribution. The objective is to provide residents with a continuous supply—up from only receiving water between three-and-eight hours per day.
In order to minimize waste and improve overall supply, the development company is implementing M2M technology and 90,000 smart water meters in outlying areas of New Delhi. These advanced meters will replace all current meters in the district.
A secondary project is also addressing water conservation efforts in India. Larsen & Turbo, www.larsentoubro.com, a construction company in India, is providing an advanced-metering solution to DJB (Delhi Jal Board), www.delhijalboard.nic.in, a supplier and producer of water. This effort will include 120,000 advanced meters, 40,000 standard meters, as well as the mobile collection equipment and software that will measure and analyze usage. With metrics from the meter, DJB will be able to better manage expenditures.
The technology not only accurately measures consumption, but also enables DJB to collect information and process bills. This has become a top priority for DJB, especially as the population in its service territory continues to grow. The new project will be DJB’s first domestic metering project in New Delhi and is expected to be completed in March 2014.
The advanced-metering technology used in both of these projects comes from Itron, www.itron.com, which develops M2M technology targeted to allow utilities to measure and analyze both energy and water usage.
As needs for water continue to skyrocket across the globe, M2M and smart meters offer a way to better manage consumption. Not only will this allow utilities to improve operations—maximizing profits and maintaining affordable rates—but it also helps to preserve a very valuable natural resource.
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