ST. LOUIS, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aclara, a leader in smart infrastructure solutions to electric, water and gas utilities, and Valor Water Analytics, a developer of advanced meters analytics for water utilities, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to help water utilities reduce non-revenue water losses by analyzing data collected by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.
By David Wegman, CTO, Valor Water
In the beginning -- that is, before HD television -- there was standard definition television. Back then, nobody complained much about the quality of the image. In reality, the reason why people didn't make a fuss was that they didn't know what they were missing out on. The same goes for the transition from cassette tapes to CDs and a host of other evolutionary enhancements in audio/visual quality over the years. Ignorance is bliss.
We are now seeing some parallels in the era of data. Utility metering data is a typical example. As Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) continues to be deployed, we are increasingly able to detect signals that were previously hidden. This new visibility is driven by the greater number of data points per time interval that accompanies a smart meter deployment. Whereas pre-AMI water meters are typically read around once per month, so as to coincide with a monthly billing interval, AMI can provide a meter reading once per hour -- a 720x increase in the number of data points.
“What keeps you up at night?” This was a question posed to George Hawkins (GM at DC Water), at a recent water conference. He promptly replied “Figuring out how to keep providing water to my growing population of low-income customers”. Later that week, a colleague mentioned her displeasure at having her water cutoff because of a system error. She had paid her active utility service deposit, had no history of nonpayment and was still cutoff without notice. Guilty until proven innocent!
Join three distinguished speakers on how to resolve Apparent Water Loss at your utility. Jim Poff from Clayton County Water Authority, David Wallenstein from East Bay MUD and Christine Boyle from Valor Water Analytics will deliver an infomrational webinar on strategies to detect and resolve apparent water loss.