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Smart Water Metering Project Features Innovation and Collaboration Between SenRa and Cranberry Analytics

By Juhi Fadia

Following on a comprehensive Water Sustainability Assessment of Pune conducted by the Energy and Resources Institute of New Delhi and the Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (MTCoE) in 2021, and documentation of overutilization of water resources and contamination of river systems, an important water metering project in Goa was announced by India's Panaji Public Works Department (PWD) Water Supply & Sanitation division.

Subsequently, the PWD selected Cranberry Analytics, a water management company based in India, awarding its smart water metering contract to the start-up with an initial phase of replacing 3,094 consumer-grade mechanical water meters with LoRaWAN-enabled ultrasonic smart water meters.

In support of this project, Cranberry Analytics tapped SenRa to deploy its public network across Panaji to enable streaming of the smart water meter data.

"Having worked on multiple such projects in the past ten years, both with mechanical water meters and smart devices, we understand the nuances of this technology spectrum and how critical it is to have a stable and reliable network partner for the success of such projects," said Shishir Thakur, CTO, Cranberry Analytics. "Since SenRa is one of the very few network providers in India which has worked on LoRaWAN-related products extensively and has a good presence in the region, we have chosen to partner with them for this project."

Cranberry Analytics' smart water metering solution provides a more sustainable approach to managing water supply and distribution by analyzing water consumption data daily to detect anomalies in water distribution and consumption. Through correlation of that data with other data streams, they help cities in effectively planning water distribution, mitigation of water wastage (NRW), and to improve consumer billing.

"Assuring a regular and long-term supply of potable water to Indian households requires constant monitoring of service level indicators," said Kush Mishra, CTO and COO, SenRa. "We are excited to partner with Cranberry Analytics and utilize our expertise in LoRaWAN-based metering systems to solve this problem with reliable LoRaWAN network services."

The Panaji Smart City project is the latest in a slew of metering projects which SenRa is actively supporting to improve water sustainability in India. SenRa's commercial-grade public network currently connects tens of thousands of smart meters in smart cities, smart societies, and industrial facilities across India.

Pune is one of the fastest-growing urban regions due to rapid sprawl and population influx. Rapid economic development will continue to lead to unprecedented growth of the city in terms of population, which in turn will increase the demand for housing and other civic amenities like water supply.

Providing water connections to the growing population of the slums could pose a challenge for the authorities, as it further adds to the burden of water resources already under pressure and an overall urban infrastructure.

SenRa has recently launched an Internet of Things (IoT) network planning and survey software, Netsy, which is designed to support LoRaWAN deployments for both public and private networks.

A member of the LoRa Alliance, SenRa is a PAN India Low Power Wide Area Network Provider (LPWAN), specifically LoRaWAN, for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions and applications.

SenRa is currently deploying LPWANs throughout India for projects which require secure, reliable, long-distance communication at low cost. SenRa also offers smart solutions and data analytics services leveraging its IoT analytics platform, Ginjer.

Juhi Fadia is an engineer, analyst, researcher and writer covering advanced and emerging technologies.

Edited by Erik Linask
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