Connected devices are pivotal to the future of the utilities sector. IoT is already enabling utility companies to align supply and demand, secure their infrastructure and enhance customer relationships.
Millions of smart meters are installed in business and residential properties, giving customers accurate bills and saving utility providers the cost of manual meter reading. Smart meters mean being able to offer innovative new pricing models and branch out into smart home services. At a grid-wide scale, smart meter data allows the providers to better align supply and demand and detect any problems. The development of Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies, such as Narrowband IoT, make it economically viable to deploy large numbers of low-cost, long-life sensors.
For water and gas, IoT sensors can help detect and isolate leaks from pipelines and tanks, as well as monitor the health of machinery in pumping stations to enable more efficient maintenance scheduling. Monitoring water quality can be done remotely, eliminating the need for manual checks. With electricity, IoT can monitor the output and condition of wind turbines and solar farms, improving uptime and capacity planning.
Many of the most important assets in the utilities industry are located remotely; substations, gasometers and reservoirs. Smart cameras and connected alarms offer a cost-effective way to improve security and safety at remote sites, without the expense of manned guards. With our Digital Building solution, you can predefine events you want to know about – and only get alerts when you need to action something.
Alerting to Risks
IoT-enabled cameras can send remote images of critical infrastructure and provide early warning signs of threats. Images can be viewed centrally or on engineers’ mobile devices as they travel
Protecting Mobile Workers
With mobile WAN, lone workers are always connected in the event of an emergency. Their location can be tracked if they can’t communicate. It’s even possible to get alerts on their health.
IoT sensors in rivers and reservoirs detect the levels of pollutants; helping to ensure that water is safe to drink. Geo-aware sensors in rivers can pinpoint where pollution is most concentrated.