Actility Webinar

Smart Water and LoRaWAN

December 15th 2021

Duration: 1 hour

Synopsys:

Water is our most essential natural resource with direct impact to the environment and our quality of life.

Water metering has been the first large scale IoT use case leveraging long range unlicensed spectrum communication, with legacy protocols such as wireless-MBus in use since 2005. This well-established vertical market has been disrupted by LoRaWAN, a use-case agnostic unlicensed low-power networking standard which for the first time made it possible to amortize the network infrastructure over multiple use cases, unbundling the IoT network from metering and other verticals.

As a result, the Water Metering market has expanded to Smart Water. Riding on the success of metering as initial driver to volume, IoT Smart Water now includes a large spectrum of solutions including water quality and security, leak detection, flood prevention and warning, fire hydrant supervision or sub-metering for smart buildings.

This webinar is a unique opportunity to hear about the latest updates on this very dynamic and innovative market, with participation of experts from  Birdz (Veolia Group), RAD, SAFEgroup Automation (SGA), Anian, and feedback from the field on some of the world’s largest and most innovative Smart Water projects.

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LoRaWAN technology enables IoT network unbundling, a new paradigm for Smart Utility infrastructure

By Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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The ratio between number of devices and cost of infrastructure is the main driver of RoI for any IoT project. With legacy technologies, this creates a chicken and egg problem that is very hard to solve, requiring “big bang” deployments achieving short term critical mass on a single vertical. LoRaWAN significantly lowers the barrier to entry: unlike mesh networks, deployments do not technically require high density initial deployments, and RoI can be achieved by summing multiple use cases. For local governments and cities, separation of IoT network and vertical use cases also helps prevent long term “lock-in”, an issue that is associated with all legacy metering technologies.

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Benefits of LoRaWAN smart water management through the review of real-life projects deployments

Pierre Emmanuel Dubois, IoT International Channel Manager at Birdz Veolia

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After 13 years of experience in telecom business consulting and IoT, Pierre-Emmanuel Dubois joined Birdz (Veolia group) in 2019 as International Channel Manager. Mr Dubois manages business development for Birdz’s environmental smart solutions. In this section of the webinar, we will review the challenges faced by water suppliers, assess which connectivity networks are best suited for smart water and why, and evaluate the benefits of a smart water program in real-life large-scale deployments. We will show that the Smart Water market now goes much beyond metering, bringing additional RoI benefits to cities and utilities, and providing key infrastructure to enforce the highest water quality and safety standards. 

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Conserving Water Practice – use case in Australia with RAD

By Rudy Shainer – Global Director of Biz Dev – IoT at RAD And Leor Karp – Lead Engineer at SGA

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SAFEgroup Automation (SGA) is a leading Australian provider of control system engineering services. Their client – a City Council in Australia in the South Coast– is using RAD’s gateways and Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise for water and other applications and will present its benefits and main takeways: tank monitoring, water metering, manhole float, council asset monitoring (e.g. Park smart lighting, Garbage bins) and even reading from a Chlorine Analyser.

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Smart Water as Number 1 use case for Brunei public LoRaWAN network

By Nicolas GUILLOU, Co-Founder & Managing Director at ANIAN SDN BHD – IoT and Telecom solutions

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Anian, a Brunei-based IoT solution provider, is deploying a LoRaWAN network across Brunei, serving the country’s government, universities, and private sector to improve city, environment, and agriculture management, with a focus on Smart Water use cases, such as monitoring river water levels, wastewater pumping stations, and water quality and infrastructure. These solutions are deployed using Actility’s ThingPark platform and the application provided by IoThink.

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Q&A SESSION

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