The new system, it is claimed, ill provide more accurate data on how the company manages its water, as well as providing detailed information on customer usage and network and customer-side leakage. Given the criticism oft levelled at Thames Water that water leaks go unheeded for long periods of time, this looks like a win win situation.
At the moment the smart-metering process involves information being relayed back to the supplier via a data transmission system. Now, Thames Water claims, their new method will simplify the process as well as having the added bonus of reducing the number of transmitter boxes in local streets and on local buildings.
Commercial director, Dr Piers Clark said: “A smart metering system typically requires a long chain of transmitters, data concentrators and repeaters. The systems we are trialling works along the same lines but without anywhere near the number of links in the chain.”
It is the first time that this method has been used in the UK and is currently being trialled in London, Reading and Swindon.
Thames Water said that initial performance data for the system will be available by October 2011.