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Severn Trent Water Deploys Itron Solution to Create Smart Water Region

By Greg Tavarez

IoT solutions offer technological advancements that are transforming cities to become more livable, efficient and sustainable. IoT can be used in smart cities to ensure smooth traffic flows, identify vacant parking spots, conserve energy by controlling when street lights are turned on and off, and much more. There are just a few basic examples.

IoT also enables cities to monitor water and detect any issues, such as leaks, that lead to potential water loss. To help the Warwickshire region in England detect these kinds of water issues before they happen, Severn Trent Water partnered with Itron to transform the area into a smart water region.

“Itron’s smart water solutions, such as the solution being deployed by Severn Trent Water, can help customers digitalize and optimize their operations for managing resources more efficiently,” said Justin Patrick, senior vice president of device solutions at Itron. “We look forward to collaborating with Severn Trent Water and helping them better monitor and understand their water usage.”

Itron’s advanced metering infrastructure solution will be deployed with 157,000 smart water meters to gain a better understanding of water consumption on its network. Itron's meters offer accurate, efficient and comprehensive water volume measurements that is monitored regularly to help detect leaks, monitor flow rates and measure water volume.

The meters will be equipped with Cyble multi-connectivity communication modules to enable Severn Trent Water to efficiently capture and manage meter readings through an AMI database. Cyble modules are connected through Itron’s partner, Connexin, which is providing the LoRaWAN network. Cyble 5 is able to adapt to complex deployments and evolve with the needs from the field. This makes it a safe, long-term investment.

Severn Trent Water will also utilize Itron’s next-generation mobile meter data collection and management solution, Temetra. The solution will be used as a single meter data management platform to collect and manage meter data through mobile meter reading or communication network.

“Taking advantage of Itron’s solution as part of this project allows us to track water flow in the area, identify any loss of water across the network, as well as see exactly how much water is used, giving our customers improved control over their water usage while gaining a better understanding of the network,” said Rachael Kelleher, Green Recovery Contract Specialist at Severn Trent Water.

The collaboration is part of Severn Trent Water's Green Recovery Program. England challenged its water companies to assist the country’s green economic recovery from the pandemic. Projects within the program, which will create over 2,500 jobs, will help save water, improve water quality and bring benefits to the country’s rivers and environments.

Edited by Erik Linask

SmartCity Editor

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