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Telecommunications Network Solutions for Digital Water Metering

Proposal Number : 1143654       Accept technologies/know-how
Date Date of Registration : Apr 22, 2014
Date of Revision : Apr 22, 2014
Country / AreaVictoria, Australia 
Proposal Category 8702 Communication systems
Target Country / Area All Countries / Areas

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Telecommunications Network Solutions for Digital Water Metering

We are one of Melbourne's three government-owned retail water companies. We have approximately 675,000 mechanical-based water meters installed across our service area measuring water consumption by residential, commercial and industrial customers. A variety of metering systems have also been installed to measure water consumption in multi-level buildings.

We have commenced a program of work to investigate the feasibility of implementing a digital metering solution including end points, telecommunication networks and information systems.

Digital Water Metering is an emerging technology providing us and our customers with the potential to capture real-time water usage information and associated data. Other digital devices provide the ability to measure water pressure, quality and flow at any point in the water network. The ability for these devices to raise immediate alerts, when operational incidents occur, plus the analytical opportunities available from the additional data captured will allow us to be more predictive in managing its network and servicing our customers.

To realise this vision, we will implement a holistic solution from meter to back end systems. The establishment of a telecommunications network is the first building block and is required to provide two way communication capability to centrally communicate with all digital field devices. This network will allow the capture and transmission of the information recorded by these digital devices in near real-time and allow us to remotely manage these devices. From there we can select meter providers, Meter Data Management solutions and potentially solution integrators.

This is the first Invitation of three EOI's that we will release to the market place. The other two will cover supply of:
- Digital Water Meters; and
- Our systems including Meter Data Management (MDM) solutions

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