Trust your network through digital monitoring
In many countries, utilities responsible for delivering clean water to consumers use data to control and monitor their distribution network. They have smart meters installed in most households, so they can bill consumers based on actual consumption. However, between the water works and the consumers, there are so few sensors installed that this area sometimes is considered a black box.
But in the network, there are thousands of valves, fittings, combi-crosses, and hydrants installed, and each of these assets are ideal points to collect data from. AVK Smart Water makes it possible to collect this data by providing intelligent sensors that can be installed in the distribution network. This means that the water utility can acquire data from their assets and turn the black box into a more transparent water network.
The sensors are developed for AVK core products such as gate valves, fittings, and fire hydrants. When installed, the sensors will provide data directly from applications in the water distribution network and send the data to the dedicated software platform. This digital monitoring solution makes it possible to optimise the operation of a water network by saving resources, reducing water loss, and optimising the general planning and operation activities in the network.
Monitoring with state-of-the-art technology
By installing AVK Smart Water’s sensors in the distribution network, utilities can achieve a transparent network that makes it possible to remotely monitor and diagnose problems, prioritise, and manage maintenance issues, and optimise the entire network’s efficiency.
AVK Smart Water sensors include:
- VIDI Positioner for valves
- VIDI Cap for fire hydrants
- VIDI Open/close
- VIDI Flow, VIDI Pressure and VIDI Temperature
- VIDI Level
The sensors send data to VIDI Cloud, a software platform developed and provided by AVK Smart Water. Through an API, the sensors can also send data into your preferred IT system. This makes it easier to compare data and compile a complete overview of the distribution network.
NB-IoT for underground environments
Recognising the challenge of collecting data from the distribution network, and especially from underground installations, we at AVK have chosen to offer our IoT portfolio of sensors with the NB-IoT technology. And the benefits of NB-IoT are many:
- High penetration
- High connection density (many devices in a small area without disrupting each other)
- Low deployment and operating costs
- Wide range
- Low power consumption (long battery life)