IoT expedites leak detection

Yorkshire Water and partners are nearing completion of the deployment of almost 4000 acoustic, flow, pressure and water quality monitors in what is said to be the UK’s largest smart water network pilot.

Final installations of the latest NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things) pilot technology were recently underway, the fruit of a collaboration between BT, Yorkshire Water and Stantec, after BT switched on its first upgraded masts in the UK, as part of the project.

If the pilot is successful, said the utility, “the smart water network will revolutionise the way leaks and interruptions to supply are managed in the future.”

BT’s NB-IoT solution has the potential to deliver significant improvements in data quality and battery life, allowing the utility to identify and prevent leaks and network incidents more accurately than before.

The Smart Water Network Pilot will integrate the data from multiple new and existing sources and present it in a single visualisation platform which will include a digital twin of the water network. The platform will use AI to cluster data sets, and remove false positives, to accurately inform asset and operational decision making.

Yorkshire Water’s chief strategy and regulation officer, Nevil Muncaster, said: “We recognise that on top of our commitments to our customers and the environment, we need to play our part in regional development where we can – perhaps even more so than ever in these challenging times.

“It’s great that through this innovative pilot we’ve been able to accelerate the introduction of NB-IoT to the area in Sheffield. NB-IoT has the potential to provide greater access for local businesses to take advantage of the advancement in IoT technology, which can only be a good thing for economic growth within the region.”

As part of the Smart Water Network Pilot, Gutermann acoustic loggers, Technolog pressure loggers and Honeywell flow meters will use the NB-IoT network to transmit their data.

Sarah Walker, director for BT’s Enterprise business in the North of England said this partnership marked an exciting milestone for the company. “The pilot deployment of NB-IoT signals a move to a more data driven world enabling millions of connected devices to send and receive data, transforming the way we live and work in the future.”