Sensus defines the smart grid for water

Sensus (Raleigh, N.C.), a utilities infrastructure company, on Monday announced its AquaSense intelligent water management system, which integrates the Sensus FlexNet two-way communications network- a network that provides smart grid utilities with multiple channels free of interference from competing traffic- with advanced meters, software and services to help utilities boost operational efficiency and customer engagement.

Sensus is helping water utilities across the country implement water management projects.

“Water utilities and municipalities across the country are looking for ways to strike the right balance between consuming and conserving water,” said Mike Tracy, executive vice president for Sensus, North America. “They must manage the rising costs of energy, capture lost revenue and support new customer service expectations.”

According to Sensus, which focuses on smart grids for water utilities, AquaSense scales to help utilities of all sizes realize a short-term return on investment through two-way communication capabilities that enable utilities to automate meter reading, monitor distribution lines for leaks, perform field operations remotely and interact with customers through web portals and home area networks.

Utilities can choose the solutions that meet their own unique phase of technology adoption and implementation. These options include the iPERL and OMNI water meter collections for unprecedented accuracy in residential, commercial and industrial measurement and leak detection and other alarms when meters are connected to the FlexNet network. If there is a leak or inefficiency it is identified– typically within hours instead of days or weeks, says Sensus.

A 2010 study by software giant Oracle found that one in three water utilities were in some phase of implementing a smart water program and that they viewed the most important benefits as early leak detection, supplying customer with tools to monitor and reduce water use, providing more accurate water pricing rates, curbing overall water demand and improving their ability to conduct preventive maintenance.

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