Sensus, Entropia and ComBus Technologies are working with water utilities in Benelux to implement smart water networks
Dordrecht, Netherlands – February 6, 2017 – Sensus, a Xylem brand and world leader in smart metering and utility-grade IoT communication networks for water, electricity, gas, and lighting is working with water utilities in Benelux to implement smart water networks. Sensus has partnered exclusively with Entropia and ComBus Technologies to deploy the Sensus FlexNet® communication network. With a smart water network leveraging FlexNet technology, water companies in the region can monitor and diagnose issues remotely. For example, companies can initiate proactive maintenance, detect underground leaks at a distance and accurately determine the chemical composition of the water in near real time. Additionally, consumers will have more insight into their water consumption. Entropia and ComBus will deploy and manage the FlexNet network on their licensed radio spectrum, which is dedicated to critical national infrastructure in the Benelux region.
A communication network built for utilities
Entropia is the first Communications Service Provider in the Benelux market to provide an IoT communications network that has been specifically designed for and built to transport mission critical data produced by utility companies.
“FlexNet uses licensed radio spectrum that is protected by law against interference from other networks and devices,” says Philip Vercruysse, Founder & CEO, Entropia. “This not only improves performance, but also offers more security and reliability than other IoT networks that are designed for consumer IoT devices, such as smart fridges. No company should send critical data over shared networks, on which, millions of other non-critical devices and applications also communicate.”
Water utilities face the considerable challenge of delivering more sustainable products and services, at lower costs. Using the FlexNet communications network, these companies can collect critical data from the utility’s system and automatically implement necessary changes. This system monitoring and control means utilities can provide water in a more reliable, safe and cost-efficient way.
“The water networks in the Benelux region have lower levels of non-revenue water compared to many other countries in Europe. The business case for implementing a smart water network is therefore in the value that mission critical data will bring in helping water utilities manage their networks and streamline their operations.” says Tom Mills, Director of Smart Water EMEA, Sensus.
“The water companies want to understand the end to end operation of the network and make changes to it on the fly. The only way to do this is to implement a communications network that has been optimised for the utility sector, offers cost savings in the production of water, near real-time monitoring of the chemical composition of the water and predictive remote maintenance. Far fewer people are needed on location to identify and resolve possible problems, increasing operational efficiency and resulting in tangible savings for the utility.”
Trials in the Netherlands and Belgium
In preparation for a large-scale implementation, Sensus and Entropia are currently working on FlexNet trials in the Netherlands and Belgium. The technology and connectivity are being tested by both utilities and end users to ensure full coverage.
Sensus and Entropia have been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s European Smart Energy Awards for their network performance in the categories ‘IoT Solution of the Year’, ‘Smart Grid Network’ and ‘Communication Award and Smart Home Innovation of the Year’. These awards are the largest of its type in Europe and judged by a panel of industry experts.
Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. We enable our customers to reach farther through the application of technology and data-driven insights that deliver efficiency and responsiveness. We partner with them to anticipate and respond to evolving business needs with innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services. Learn more at sensus.com and follow @SensusGlobal on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.
Mark Van Hook