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Sensus and BAI Offer Water and Energy-Saving Communication Technology to Australian Utilities

Digital infrastructure helps identify leaks and outages in real-time

(Click-to-Tweet) – Utilities around the world are conserving water and saving electricity with the Sensus FlexNet® system—a two-way communications infrastructure that delivers the data utilities need to reliably and cost-effectively supply water and energy.

Sensus and BAI are bringing this technology to Australian utilities to improve operations, manage maintenance issues before they escalate, and meet changing market and customer expectations.

“FlexNet is a proven communications platform built for today’s digital utility,” said Jamie Longman, Director of Business Development at Sensus – Smart Water Networks. “In addition to improving operational efficiency and conservation efforts, the technology will pave the way for Australian utilities to play a major role in the Internet of Things.”

The Sensus FlexNet system is a carrier-grade network that uses dedicated, secure spectrum ideal for digital utilities. The network architecture supports multiple applications including meter reading, pressure and temperature control and streetlight management using both electric and battery-powered field devices.

“The combined BAI and Sensus solution is designed specifically to realize the vision of Australian utilities to build a customer-focused utility for the future,” said Malcolm Keys, director of critical communications, BAI. “We will look to leverage both party’s core skills and strong track record in delivering reliable wireless networks.”

A trusted and proven communications technology, FlexNet is based on open standards and can support future capacity and reach requirements. It is interoperable with multiple systems and endpoints for delivering data that helps utilities save time and money.

According to NICTA, Australian water utilities spend $1.4 billion per year on reactive repairs and maintenance. Focusing the asset maintenance efforts on preventative repairs has the potential to save the water industry $700 million per year.

Frequent natural disasters, including bushfires and floods, present a challenge for Australian utilities to maintain service levels and equipment readiness. BAI’s engineering and operational excellence will ensure the FlexNet system will operate seamlessly and self-sufficiently in all conditions.

“A stronger network will improve service delivery and consistency for customers and reduce maintenance costs for utilities,” said Keys.

Sensus has a long history of strong partnerships that benefit global utilities. In September 2013, Sensus, with its British partner Arqiva, a sister business to BAI through common ownership, was awarded a fifteen year contract by The British Government to provide automated meter communications services based on Sensus FlexNet Technology to more than 10 million homes in the North of England and Scotland.

Summary:
  • The Sensus FlexNet system is a two-way communications infrastructure that delivers the data utilities need to reliably and cost-effectively supply water and energy.
  • FlexNet supports multiple applications including meter reading, pressure and temperature control and streetlight maintenance using both electric and battery-powered field devices.
  • A trusted and proven communications technology, FlexNet is based on open standards and can support future capacity and reach requirements.

The combined BAI and Sensus solution is designed specifically to realise the vision of Australian utilities to build a customer-focused utility for the future.

Malcolm Keys

Director of Critical Communications, BAI

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