How Affordable Connectivity is Driving Smart Water and Gas

In a Smart Energy International article, Guidehouse Insights looks at the adoption of advanced metering infrastructure by water and gas utilities

Electric utilities have been using smart metering systems for more than a decade; however, water and gas utilities face a more challenging business case.

In a Smart Energy International article, Guidehouse Insights’ Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst, discussed how low power, wide-area (LPWA) networking solutions are helping with the adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) within the water and gas utility industry.

“The inherently lower cost of these technologies will be magnified as volumes grow, further driving down cost,” Elberg said. “It is expected that lower-cost connectivity options will greatly accelerate the demand for fixed, multifunctional AMI systems in both the water and gas segments over the next decade.”

She explained how the benefits go beyond meter reading, including reduced operating costs, new opportunities for water conservation, reduced leaks from aging infrastructure, detection of unsafe operating conditions, and more.

“For both water and gas utilities, standardized analytics solutions that use data generated by these systems will also provide growing value for applications like asset management, predictive maintenance, and customer engagement,” Elberg said.

Read the Smart Energy International Article

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