Traditionally, basic water consumption meters have been used to measure water consumption. These types of meters require a manual check-up of the water meter to collect meter readings and other management tasks such as meter disconnection etc. This is a very labor-intensive process considering the sheer volume of customers.
For individual tenant use and especially for owners of multiple properties, the main priority is keeping things simple and ensuring that business runs smoothly day to day. The main challenges are:
- prevent water losses
- real-time data transmission
- reduce unauthorized use or tampering with meters
- avoid mistakes when an agent takes readings of consumption meters manually
- maintain security
- ﬁnancial savings
Our Partner Talkpool, a Switzerland based company, started 21 years ago as a company aimed to service networks and enable solutions to allow people and things alike to communicate efficiently and since 2014, has also focused on theemerging IoT industry through its business unit located in Sweden.
Today, Talkpool is implementing and deploying their Smart Metering solution, that solves business problems in four areas:
- individual invoicing in multi-tenant buildings,
- district heating
- water pump management
- non-revenue water (NRW)
The solution is built on Talkpool’s next generation of LoRaWAN® sensor devices and TEKTELIC’s best-in-class KONA Micro gateways. A gateway that continuously meets our client’s high-quality requirements.
The KONA Micro IoT Gateway is designed for Indoor enterprise and lightweight industrial applications that require “Always On” connectivity. Configured with an internal 3G/4G modem and a built-in battery backup, the KONA Micro IoT gateway continues to operate and transmits sensor data to the network even when the main site has lost power. Simple to configure and cost effective, it is an ideal hub for deployment of enterprise-level applications in areas where LoRaWAN® coverage is not yet readily available or for private networks where the operator requires unfettered access to the gateways regardless of their deployment location.
Talkpool’s Smart Water Meters are designed for individual tenant invoicing applications. Therefore, the meters come with full certification, anti-fraud- and meter reliability features that can’t be found in many other IoT meters.
As opposed to universal meter reading solutions, such as camera solutions that can be retrofitted on top of any brand of water meter, Talkpool’s Smart Water Meter cannot be tampered with. The module is locked and sealed on to the meter. Module removal or magnetic fraud attempts are directly reported by the module to the network servers, so that appropriate follow-up action can be taken. The sensor has a maintenance free battery life of 10 years, and the battery can withstand the high temperatures of a warm water pipe.
Smart Water technologies and smart metering solutions continue to evolve to offer consumers functional, user-friendly solutions. Smart Water Metering allows for not only remotely receiving and processing information but also for analysis in almost unlimited ways, including designing a consumption model.
Smart Meters offer many benefits, including leak detection, reducing energy consumption, requirement forecasting, campaigns to raise awareness, and promoting efficient devices and performance measures. As for the individual user side, Smart Meters can:
- provide real-time data transmission
- provide information about when and where water is used
- compare the water consumption withing the different period
- set water saving goals
- quickly detect possible leaks.
To learn more about Talkpool, please visit https://talkpool.com