How to gain value from Industrial IoT business cases
Urban Air Quality Monitoring Station
The world is changing, and so do the cities we live in. We are facing rapid climate and environmental challenges, which threaten to severely deteriorate our way of life. Air quality, unparalleled in its scope, is the fundamental factor that affects every single living organism on this planet.
According to the European Heart Journal the average person in Europe loses two years of their lifespan due to air pollution (source). The World Health Organization reports that there are 4.2 million deaths every year as a result of exposure to outdoor air pollution, and that 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO’s guideline limits (source).
To combat this emerging threat, local and national authorities around the world are working to solve this problem, and help secure clean air for everyone. Before cities can any take steps to improve air quality, they need accurate, quantifiable data on pollution levels and the various factors that contribute to them. Since pollutant factors vary dramatically across the different parts of the city, data must be gathered at many locations simultaneously to accurately determine the city’s overall air quality index.
The Urban Air Quality Monitoring Station is a hardware solution that helps cities generate accurate data for the air quality in the different parts of the city. It features a modular design, utilizing advanced sensor technologies that measure gas volumes for key air quality factors, as defined by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directives. Due to its price, ease of installation, maintenance and support, a network of stations can be deployed at multiple locations around the city, reporting the air quality factor analysis in real-time, and providing the city with the needed data to help identify measures to improve air quality and life standards for all city occupants, accordingly.
Remote Water Meter Reader
The world is changing, urbanizing and industrializing. The population is growing. Clean, drinking water is on highest demand than it has ever been.
However, according to the European Union “in about half of the Member States, more than 20% of clean drinking water was lost in the distribution network before it could reach consumers’ taps, while for some Member States the proportion was as high as 60%” (source). On top of that, different sources quote that 90% of water metering is performed manually or semi manually.
Water utility companies, both public and private, are facing this challenge every day – how to use water optimally by decreasing lost water, increasing billed water on an aged pipe infrastructure, and improve their operational efficiency through remote water metering? The improvement of water management and distribution lies in data – to have real-time water consumption data, to analyze the profile of water consumption in the city, and to find out how to start improving the system. And before analyzing the data, the water utility needs to gather it in an optimal and cost-efficient way.
The Remote Water Meter Reader is designed to provide that. It connects to any bulk or in-house standard pulse water meter, regardless of vendor, and provides completely remote autonomous readings on water consumption along with ambient temperature to track water meter freezing. It comes with easily replaceable batteries, not limiting data reporting frequency, and protecting the investment in remote water metering. With this, water utilities can track leakage in the system and between water meters, due to the remotely configured reporting frequency, without fear that if batteries are depleted, they would have to throw the device.
Benefits to Customers
Benefits to Cities
- What are the pollution levels around the city?
- What are the specific pollutants at each location?
- What are the biggest pollution contributors in the different parts of the city?
- What measures should be taken to improve air quality?
- Are the measures taken improving air quality?
- How to accurately forecast expected pollution levels, and apply proactive measures?
Benefits to Water Utilities
- Close to real-time visibility on water consumption in the city.
- Remotely delivered consumption data – no manual collection is required.
- Accurate billing on a regular basis.
- Track leakage within the pipe system in- and between buildings.
- Track water meter freezing.
- Create consumption profiles and track atypical consumption (for example: large temporary flows compared to usual consumption), which can signal leakage.
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