The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) has selected Sensus to provide the utility with the FlexNet communication network meter data management software, and a customer portal—a smart water network solution combined with data analytics technologies.
According to Sensus, the FlexNet system “is a long-range radio network that serves as a dedicated and secure two-way communications highway and requires less infrastructure than competing solutions. The network architecture and device designs provide range and endpoint connectivity that is differentiated from mesh networks.”
The efficiency of FlexNet results in lower network operational and maintenance costs for utilities.
PWSA’s mission is to provide its 83,000 customers with high quality of water at the lowest possible cost. To better meet the needs of its customers, the utility reports that it selected a solution that would easily track water, identify leaks, and save customers money. “The wireless point-to-multi-point network delivers data that allows customers to check water consumption and receive text messages and email alerts about possible leaks.”
PWSA’s public information officer Melissa Rubin says, “This money-saving upgrade will benefit our utility and our customers. We expect to save approximately $120,000 per year, allowing us to maintain affordable rates.”
Dan Pinney, Sensus’s director of global water marketing, adds: “Utilities are leveraging the value of their investment in communication networks and advanced network applications through data analytics. This data generates actionable insights that save time and money.”
PWSA has already initiated the deployment of its new smart water solution. The utility expects to have approximately 78,000 water meter readers installed in homes and businesses throughout the city by September 2014.