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Smart MeteringSmart Metering

SUEZ Advanced Solutions are focussed on sustainable innovations to support agile and accurate decision making. Our range of Smart Metering solutions are designed to deliver operational efficiency and customer service benefits. Working with customers we can enable the efficient management of distribution networks by continuously monitoring and improving network performance in real time.

SUEZ Advanced Solutions provide diverse Smart Metering solutions that can be used together or separately in order to cover any possible remote reading scenario:

iMeter
This data logging solution reduces costs and provides data on water consumption for water utilities, large commercial consumers and isolated locations. Connected directly to the water meter, the iMeter transmits consumption data and any alarms detected to the server via a secure GPRS network. It can provide a range of information, from water network leakage control, to consumption control for businesses.

VHF
VHF is a long-range AMI (fixed network) technology using EU 169MHz bandwidth, giving optimal balance of power consumption and radius. Meter data is transferred rapidly, securely and frequently to central concentrators and sent to data servers via GPRS, removing the need for drive-by/walk-by AMR solutions.

MDM
SUEZ’s Smart Metering systems are managed by the Meter Data Management solution - MDM. This secure web based solution enables meter management and the remote visualisation of consumption data. This single information management system delivers broad and varied control mechanisms and data presentation options for optimised system monitoring, control and data management.

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iMeter

  • Online access to consumption and flow data, historic and updated via SUEZ’s MDM
  • Remote configuration management (data transmission and reading frequency)
  • Locally configurable using short-range RF equipment
  • Can be directly connected to a pulse lead output meter

    Information obtained:
  • Up to date calculation in water flow volumes
  • Information about battery level in each connection, enabling eventive maintenance
  • Real-time identification and warnings about configured alarm conditions
  • Data logging: storage of data in the internal memory until transmission is possible


VHF

  • Uses unlicensed 169 MHz (VHF) radio frequency band, approved EU frequency band for Smart Metering
  • Available for almost any meter with a pulse output and major manufacturers e.g. Itron, Sappel, Elster and Sensus
  • 98% target for data acquisition
  • Minimal infrastructure
  • Cloud based meter management system (MDM) included
  • 24 hourly readings/day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

MDM

  • Single platform integrates multiple logger sources
  • Data integration with other systems, such as consumption for network control and billing purposes

    Functionality:
  • Daily readings analysis to identify any unexpected consumptions at a given time
  • Customised alarms based on leakage indicators/usage thresholds

    Accessibility:
  • Can be rapidly deployed, without needing new servers, interfaces, or internet access set-up
  • Client portal available to end customers as additional service to control supply

BRISTOL WATER: iMETERS

In December 2012, Bristol Water commenced with a smart metering project to smart meter all monthly read customer meters. The iMeter was chosen as preferred solution for 750 of their top commercial customers.

“ … As a smart metering solution for the Bristol Water top 1000 commercial customers, the iMeter gives excellent value for both Bristol Water and the respective customer. The logger enables Bristol Water to improve decision making on the operation of the Network as it provides greater information on key customers.”

Frank van der Kleij – Deputy Director of Network - Bristol Water plc

SCOTTISH WATER: iMETERS

Since January 2014, Scottish Water, along with Elster, has installed 2,000 iMeters for detached houses within the framework of an ambitious project called ‘Smart City’, led by Home Log Book (Etive Technologies). This project aims to integrate consumption data (water, electricity and gas) with socioeconomic information (number of people per residence/sociocultural profile/tax payment).
The connection of the iMeters is daily and the information obtained is transmitted to the HLB database.

WESSEX WATER: iMETERS

From June 2014 onwards, Wessex Water has installed 2,200 iMeters with weekly connection to quantify the effects of installing meters in the homes of customers in an area where only 40% of the population have their supply measured.
Accordingly, meters equipped with iMeter were installed in supplies that had been measured and also in supplies that had not, with the aim of analysing the management of demand and the customer satisfaction indicators, which are key factors in the negotiation of fees with the UK regulator (Ofwat)

MALTA GOVERNMENT, MALTA: VHF

In 2010 the island of Malta launched their Smart City Malta programme. The threat of water scarcity affecting tourism drove the government to choose the long-range 169 MHz radio solution as the AMR solution.

To date 185,000 smart meters have been deployed and the final number will be 250,000 meters. 24 readings per day for each meter are gathered to detect leaks and fraud, improve network performance and create new tariffs where penalties can be applied for irresponsible use of the water resource.

LYONNAISE DES EAUX, FRANCE: VHF

Lyonnaise des Eaux and Eau de Paris together with Suez Environnement have established the largest AMR global network using the VHF radio solution.

The network serves all the locations where companies provide a water and sewerage service (720,000+ meters remotely read through the radio solution).

AGUAS DE ALICANTE, SPAIN: VHF

In 2011 Aguas de Alicante started the Smart Metering deployment program with the Aqualogy radio solution for 200,000 meters (at a rate of 20,000 per year).

The main purpose is to provide the entire city centre and districts of Alicante with the AMR solution through a network of 150 concentrators. The project has successfully improved reading processes, reaching 95% readings captured for all supplies covered with the solution.