Telstra trials IoT solution with "major" Australian water utilities

Telstra trials IoT solution with "major" Australian water utilities

Helps to identify and prevent water wastage

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Telstra has been trialing its Digital Water Metering internet of things (IoT) solution for the past year helping identify and prevent water wastage and focus on water saving measures.

The telco did not name the utilities, only stating these were "some of the largest water utilities across Australia".

"For water utilities that want to better engage with their customers and have an obligation to use resources sustainably at all times, this is a critical benefit that demonstrates the power of IoT innovation for the industry. It also significantly improves their bottom line," said Gerhard Loots, head of IoT and M2M at Telstra.

"Our Digital Water Metering solution drives insights to prevent water wastage and reduce consumption – all which lead to reduced water bills for consumers and operating costs for utility companies."

Telstra supports Cat M1 and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology, the latter currently reaching more than 3.5 million square kilometres.

Telstra's NB-IoT is built to support several connected devices such as water quality sensors, environment monitors, trackers and alarms - it transmits at low data rates with coverage across in-building and sub-surface and with battery life measured in years rather than days.

"This means the Digital Water Metering solution can have a battery life expectation of 12 to 15 years, enabling capabilities such as power saving mode and deep sleep mode," Loots said.

"And, with Telstra’s NB-IoT footprint now reaching more than 3.5 million square kilometres, it means that water consumption can be tracked and monitored at greater reach and greater depth.

"It also means that many of the regional water utilities can tap into water insights in areas that have previously been costly to access," he added.

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