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Sensus announces smart meter rollout in France

July 2014 News

Sensus has been selected to install 8000 iPERL smart meters over the next four years in Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF), France. The rollout will increase meter readings from 400 per day to 2000, giving more visibility on usage and network conditions to consumers and utilities.

SEBVF has eight deep underground bore-holes and supplies 84 municipalities, with a combined population of 41 500 people. It wanted to move to a new technology to overcome difficulties in reading hard to reach meters, whilst reducing the time needed to take meter readings.

SEBVF engaged with Sensus, whose iPERL solution was capable of measuring very low flows with no degradation in measurement accuracy over time. It provides better leakage detection and an increased meter reading speed, thanks to wireless technology and advanced communication options integrated into the endpoint.

“With the old technology, any wall or obstacle hampered meter readings; however, with iPERL readings are no longer a problem. Now when we would optimise our drive-by route, we’ll be able to read up to 3000 endpoints per day,” says Pierre Blanchard, president of the Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont.

Basil Bold, managing director of Sensus SA: “More and more the requirement to move to smarter water metering is becoming apparent. The need for accurate billing coupled with time-consuming access issues makes the change to smart metering the ideal way forward. The cost efficiencies that can be achieved with smart water metering not only benefit the consumer, but benefit the supplier who, for example in South Africa, will be able to accurately bill and collect revenues more effectively. The iPerl smart water meter is at the cutting edge of smart water meter technology, it is our flagship technology which is increasingly being embraced throughout the USA and Europe.”

For more information contact Basil Bold, Sensus South Africa, +27 (0)11 466 1680, sales.za@sensus.com, www.sensus.com





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