Toowoomba council gets on IoT bandwagon
Toowoomba Regional Council town hall Toowoomba Regional Council Toowoomba Regional Council has become the most recent water authority to introduce a Web of Things (IoT) rollout.
The council is to deploy 68,000 smart water meters, not only to offer locals near-real-time usage information, however likewise to assist with leakage detection.
Meter implementation starts mid-2022 under a four-year job “designed to lower the amount of leak and non-revenue water for the council”.
The council will also install sensors to measure pressure within its pipeline network.
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff, who chairs the council’s water and waste committee, stated council will give locals access to their metering through either a web website or an app.
Having simple access to metering will let them identify activities that trigger high water consumption.
“If homes have an underground leak, the meters will also aid with early detection”, Vonhoff stated.
“This is an exciting water-saving job as the meter replacement program will allow for innovative analytics and assist balance the whole water network.
“Basically, this means that council will have the ability to operate the water network more efficiently and citizens will be able to monitor their own water usage successfully which will offer cost savings to both the local and to council.”
The meters will be linked utilizing Optus’ narrowband IoT network. The rollout will include devices and a sophisticated metering infrastructure platform provided by IOTA, and the GreenBe customer portal.
Release will be dealt with by ETS Release Solutions.
Throughout the second quarter of this year, the council will look for domestic, industrial, and business volunteers. They will take part in the initial proving-up phase of the meter rollout, enabling system test and fine-tuning.
Water authorities have significantly sought to IoT rollouts to improve their possession management, and have become a significantly attractive target for telcos.
In February, Yarra Valley Water signed a 15-year deal with TPG Telecom covering a million devices, apparently changing its 2021 contract with Telstra.
In 2020, Sydney Water announced it would expand its technology trials with countless brand-new sensors, while in 2019, Hunter Valley Water signed the National Narrowband Network for a comparable task.