The company is creating an intelligent water distribution network by working with Royal HaskoningDHV, Vodafone and Technolog to implement technology to cut leakage by 15% over the next five years and pave the way for more than halving it by 2045.
SES’s vision is to create a self-learning network that recognises and highlights issues in real-time so action can be taken to ensure customers continue to receive a sufficient supply of safe, high quality drinking water.
The newly implemented systems use a fourth generation (4G) solution that supports two-way communication between devices within the network which is supported by Vodafone’s Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service which is optimised to provide efficient communication, long battery life and lower costs.
Vodafone is providing the platform to enable the transmission of data quickly and frequently from sensors and meters deployed in the pipe network.
Technolog - supplier of network sensors – is providing the latest version of their Cello 4S datalogger, which utilises the Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network. The sensors measure flow, pressure, transients, water temperature and support the expansion into other water quality monitoring when required. Furthermore, their advanced data collection systems will process the raw data securely and accurately in real time.
Royal HaskoningDHV is providing a network event detection solution using their AI-powered Aquasuite technology, enabling SES Water to analyse the vast amounts of data being collected and to make near real-time operational decisions.
Commenting on the newly formed partnerships, Daniel Woodworth, network strategy manager at SES Water, said: “We already have industry-leading leakage levels so we now need to make a step change in what we do by working with specialist suppliers to meet the stretching targets we have set ourselves for further reducing leakage, burst mains and supply interruptions. This project, as well as being one of the first of its kind in the water industry, is a real collaboration in the way it’s managed and run, working in full partnership with all providers with dialogue between all parties and constant feedback of information. These partnerships will enable us to turn data into business intelligence that will directly inform our leakage and network operations. It will speed up our response time to network events, reducing the runtime and impact of leakage, bursts and supply interruptions as well as helping us to better target our asset intervention strategy for the future. All of this will lead to an intelligent network which will provide a gold service for our customers for many years to come.”