Two-way communication network detects leaks, manages data & cuts costs
Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) selected Sensus for its smart water network solution and data analytics technologies. Sensus will provide the utility with the FlexNet communication network, meter data management software and a customer portal. The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that serves as a secure two-way communications highway and requires less infrastructure than other solutions. The network architecture and device designs provide range and endpoint connectivity that is differentiated from mesh networks.
PWSA’s mission is to provide its 83,000 customers with the highest quality of water at the lowest possible cost. The utility sought a solution that would track water, identify leaks and save customers money. The wireless point-to-multi-point network delivers data that allows customers to check water consumption and receive text messages and email alerts about possible leaks.
“This money-saving upgrade will benefit our utility and our customers,” said Melissa Rubin, public information officer at PWSA. “We expect to save approximately $120,000 per year, allowing us to maintain affordable rates.”
“Utilities are leveraging the value of their investment in communication networks and advanced network applications through data analytics,” said Dan Pinney, director, Global Water Marketing at Sensus. “This data generates actionable insights that save time and money.”
PWSA has already begun the installation process. By September 2014, approximately 78,000 water meter readers will be installed in homes and businesses throughout the city.