Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.
Utilities looking for greater billing efficiency and control over every drop of water consumed by their customers face a constant battle with non-revenue water loss, which can be compounded by different metering technologies and consumer behaviors. Using accurate, always-on, continuous-sampling meters to take full advantage of automated smart utility networks is a better way to improve decision-making and achieve accountability goals across any circumstances.
“I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.
South Central Power provides electricity to more than 118,000 customers within 24 counties in central and southern Ohio, including parts of the Columbus metro-area. While residents appreciate the scenery offered amid the region’s rolling hills, traveling the hilly terrain to read meters was labor intensive and South Central Power turned to the available option at the time, Power Line Carrier (PLC).
The right residential water meter can reduce non-revenue water, improve customer service and conserve resources — ultimately boosting your utility’s revenue and reputation. So, what is the right choice?
As utility leaders seek new opportunities to improve the customer experience and usher in an era of smart connectivity, Sensus, a Xylem brand, is committed to helping its customers, distributors and partners to connect, learn and grow.
Choosing the right communication network is crucial to building a successful, smart utility. The quality of the communication technology selected determines whether the data will be transmitted efficiently, securely, and reliably over the long haul. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly.