Spain launches 5G smart meter for water

Spanish water industry service provider Idrica is piloting the first 5G device for remote reading of water.

The device, which was developed over the past year, is based exclusively on 5G technology and is intended for use in Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios with millions of devices connected in small areas.

Features include improved energy efficiency, guaranteed service in adverse conditions, and latency reduced to milliseconds, while other advantages of 5G technologies include network slicing for the provision of multiple services and advanced computing.

“In the future, there will be millions of sensors connected in very small areas. 5G technology is far superior in terms of capabilities to all existing technologies applicable to the water industry, especially smart meters, ”said Carlos Tejedor, instrumentation and smart meter specialist at Idrica.

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“Its implementation in end-to-end water management will allow us to read consumption in real time, detect events such as network failures and leaks much earlier and resolve them faster. “

The development, considered a world first, is part of Spain’s national 5G plan. It is being piloted in Valence as part of a real-time remote reading of drinking water consumption project with an emphasis on comparing the advantages of 5G with NB-IoT.

The pilot takes place with thirty water meters on the campus of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, which were selected for their location in areas of poor coverage and difficult access, such as basements, underground passages and parking lots.

In addition to comparing the two technologies, the meters will be monitored to see if they are functioning properly as smart meters, whether the infrastructure is communicating and sending readings, the extent of sensor implementation, and signal quality. data at specific depths.

The water consumption and energy management of the devices will be analyzed and alarms triggered by leaks or poor data communication will be monitored.

Project partners include telecommunications company Orange, which heads the joint venture, Valencia water company Global Omnium and 5G R&D company Fivecomm.

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