Smart water meter trial extended to London

A trial to test the sustainability of long-term radio communications networking for connecting smart water meters has been extended to London.

The trial being run by SmartReach, a collaboration between Arqiva, BT, BAE Systems Detica and Sensus, in partnership with Thames Water aims to assess the performance of communication systems from locations with more difficult to access underground and meter locations.

According to SmartReach, the Reading trial demonstrated how smart water metering can help water companies to better manage their networks, reduce leaks and conserve water.

Similar SmartReach trials have also been run with Scottish Power and SSE as part of an initiative to demonstrate the sustainability of long-term radio when used in smart metering communications in energy, as well as water networks – in line with a 2019 government deadline for the deployment of smart energy meters.

Thames Water commercial director Dr Piers Clark, said: “The system promises far more available data on water flows that will help Thames Water to manage consumer demand and pinpoint leakages. Extending the scope of the trial to London will provide further valuable data.”

Carys Matthews

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