Gutermann is partnering with South East Water UK, Vodafone and 8 other technology companies in a large scale NB-IoT trial for a smart city leak detection and metering pilot programme. Gutermann has already installed ZONESCAN Alpha fixed network leak monitoring sensors and will further contribute the brand new ZONESCAN NB-IoT sensor when it is launched in the coming months!
The Kent-based utility South East Water, which supplies 2.2 million customers in parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, is the first utility in England to have a full NBIoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) commercial agreement in place with Vodafone UK. It will use the partnership to transmit data for analysis from digital water meters at 2,000 homes in the trial area, as well as information from other network sensors.
Dr Simon Earl, SEW’s Operations Director: “In total, this trial has brought together nine specialist companies in their respective fields to test the latest cutting edge digital water meters, sensors, advanced analytics and telecommunications channels. If successful, it has the potential to alert us to the smallest leaks on both our and our customers’ pipes soon after they occur, and could even enable us to predict and prevent pipeline failure before it happens. We anticipate by undertaking this trial over the coming year it will give us a solid head start to meeting our commitment to reducing our leakage levels by 15 per cent by 2025.”