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.
In its latest report, the European Environment Agency states that there are 400 000 premature deaths each year in Europe alone due to poor air quality (source). On top of that, according to the European Heart Journal the average person in Europe loses two years of their lifespan due to air pollution (source). Globally, the World Health Organization reports 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 and authorities 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 empowers cities to cost-effectively sense the key air quality factors, as defined by the European Environment Agency and the US Environmental Protection Agency directives, in the different parts of the city. The Station comes with a unique climatization feature: its gas sensors are situated in a specialized actively climatized Air Quality Sensors Enclosure Box that ensures correct sensor measurement regardless of seasonal specifics (e.g. low ambient temperature during winter). Due to cost-effectiveness, ease of installation, maintenance and support, a network of stations can be deployed at multiple locations around the city, sensing and reporting the air quality factors, analysing them in real-time, and empowering cities to make data-driven decisions on how 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 empowers water utilities to track water consumption completely autonomously while tracking ambient temperatures to provide advance warnings in case of water meter freezing. It comes with easily replaceable industrial battery pack, not limiting data reporting frequency, and protecting the investment in remote water metering. A network of readers in a city can be used to discover and locate losses in the water distribution system.
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.
- Discover and locate losses in the water distribution system.
- Advanced warnings in case of 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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