What is Smart Metering?
A key role for any water utility is to effectively measure its customers’ consumption patterns. Traditional water metering systems must be manually read, and customer water usage volume is only recorded on a periodic basis. In contrast, smart meters such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) devices connect a conventional water meter to an online data logger enabling continuous monitoring of water consumption. Smart meters can also identify leaks ahead of time, enabling customers to act quickly to save water, which otherwise might not be identified for several months.
Recognising that smart metering is becoming a necessity for all sizes of utilities, SWAN launched the second Community of Practice (CoP) focused on Smart Metering in early 2021. Members include industry experts and utilities at the pilot, replacement, and implementation states of smart metering who provide leading insights on engaging quarterly calls.
Americas/Europe: Jaco de Bruyn, AMI Programme Manager (City of Cape Town)
Asia-Pacific: Raghu Bharadwaj, Head of ICT Strategy, Portfolio and Digital Metering (Yarra Valley Water)