The implementation and management of the project is being done by the Metrolink consortium, composed of the companies Laager and Vita Ambiental, winners of the bidding process promoted by Sabesp.
WND’s Internet of Things (IoT) network, was the means of communication chosen for more than 92,000 of the total connected hydrometers. WND is the operator of Sigfox technology in Brazil. The technology allows the transport of data wirelessly, over long distances with minimum energy consumption, as the devices will be in operation for at least five years without changing or recharging the battery.
Telemetering – the remote reading of meters – automates the process of measuring water consumption. The task that was performed manually once a month only can now be performed multiple times a day. In addition to measuring, the system also generates alarms and important statistics about the operation of the entire water network. All these new features bring reliability, transparency and savings to consumers and unprecedented operational efficiency for Sabesp.
Ricardo Batista, Sabesp’s Division Manager and responsible for the project, celebrates: “The project marked the large-scale adoption of the Internet of Things concept (IoT),by Sabesp. The new technology allows our customers the daily monitoring of water consumption, as well as leak detection, savings money and preserving the environment, in addition to better management of resources by our company. We hope to be able to expand the project in the coming years.”, comments Batista.
According to Felipe Duque Estrada, CEO of Laager,the success of the project is largely dueto the partnership with Sigfox and WND Brasil.
“The adoption of low power wide area networks (LPWAN) technologies, especially Sigfox, ensured the economic and technological viability of the project.”, declares Duque Estrada.
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