Sensors will detect leaks and minimise water wastage
Telstra has won a competitive tender to provide one million industrial IoT services on Telstra’s IoT network over 15 years with Yarra Valley Water.
The IoT deployment will utilise Telstra’s cloud-based platform-as-a-service IoT Connection Manager (ICM), which will help Yarra Valley Water gain access to near real-time data from a range of in-field sensors.
Specifically developed for large scale projects, ICM provides simple and effective SIM and connectivity management that take the complexity out of managing one million connections.
Pat McCafferty managing director at Yarra Valley Water said IoT devices are a game changer for the water industry.
“By deploying a range of different sensors into our water and sanitation networks, we can detect leaks, minimise water wastage and save our customers money,” he said.
As part of the deal Telstra will provide the IoT connectivity and the ICM Platform to enable sensor readings to be collected automatically in near real-time.
This enables Yarra Valley Water to be far more proactive by helping prevent leaks from becoming bursts, sewer blockages from becoming spills, and notifying customers about issues on their properties so they can act quickly.
The Yarra Valley Water solution leverages Telstra’s cellular low power wide area network (LPWAN), which offers comprehensive IoT coverage of around 4M km2 for NB-IoT and over 3M km2 for LTE-M, which makes it the largest IoT network in Australia. These networks are built specifically for scaled IoT deployments and provide better, cost efficient coverage even in challenging locations that high bandwidth technologies may not reach, including underground where digital meters are often located.