Article | October 9, 2018

Smart Meters: Water's Answer To IoT

Source: Master Meter, Inc.
Smart Meters: Water’s Answer To IoT

The refinement of computing power into ever smaller devices, and the untethering of communication from hardwired networks in favor of radio frequency (RF) communication, has fueled an explosion of new internet-connected commercial and consumer capabilities labeled the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Under that concept, clustered data collection, calculation, and control applications now extend from full industrial process automation to residential HVAC, lighting, and water meters.

In the water space, that IoT concept has expanded from efficient data collection through automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to entire networks and portals designed to empower customers and customer service representatives (CSRs) for enhanced services. While consumer applications create a certain sense of freedom in being able to control household appliances from remote locations, they are relatively simple compared to the depths of benefits water utilities can derive from IoT-based potential.