Software AG, Telstra partner to develop water management solution for Australian utilities


Johannesburg, 02 Apr 2019
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Proof of concept under way with Western Australia's Busselton Water.

* The water management solution allows utilities to manage and optimise their water distribution system end-to-end.
* The water management solution accelerator helps to detect leaks, both at customer premises and at non-revenue water points such as pipes and tanks.
* Benefits include lower operating costs, reduction of non-revenue water and increased customer satisfaction.
* Includes many generic water management capabilities off the shelf as standard and allows customer-customisable add-ons for greater granulation, individual optimisation and fine-tuning.

Software AG (Frankfurt, MDAX: SOW) and Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, today announced a partnership to create a solution for digital automated water management.

Based on Telstra's IOT platform and the Cumulocity IoT Solution Accelerator for Water Management, the solution will provide utilities with a quick way to gain insights from meter data to minimise costs involved with supplying water to customers.

Tony Drewitt, Head of IOT ANZ, Software AG, said: "Water conservation and management is a top priority for many countries, cities and remote areas, and we are excited to be helping create a solution that will address this. In partnership with Telstra, we are trialling a Cumulocity IOT-based solution at Western Australia's Busselton Water. Combining digital meters, dedicated pressure sensors and Telstra's NB-IoT network with our IOT analytics solution, we are able to deliver true water management as a service."

The solution collects available sensor data like pressure, consumption, and alerts such as pressure drops from a new generation of digital water meters managed via Telstra's IOT platform and the Cumulocity IoT Accelerator running in the cloud. The solution offers off-the-shelf tools for monitoring and managing all this data, along with business rules. Dashboards provide users with near real-time full state-of-play at any given time.

Utilities can add customisable tools and water utility specific dashboards to monitor other data metrics, such as aggregated consumption over time, min/max/average flow and trend analysis, as well as peak and non-peak consumption.

Telstra will offer the solution to water utilities around Australia either on a standalone basis or as part of their end-to-end "IOT for Intelligent Utilities" package for water utilities.

At Busselton Water, where a proof of concept is under way, the solution will not only help to manage its water system, but will also allow the optimisation of the power consumption associated with the utility's water distribution system.

"With water being such a scarce resource, the use of digital technology to help us better monitor and manage our system will be a huge benefit to our business. This is not just in the conservation of water, but in the provision of more reliable, cost-effective water services to our consumer and business customers," said Chris Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, Busselton Water

According to Telstra's Gerhard Loots, Executive, Global IoT Solutions: "Telstra and Software AG are pleased to be working with Busselton Water on this proof of concept. Given Busselton Water are already using radio frequency metering for customers, they are well-placed to test our water management solution.

"Telstra's IOT for Intelligent Utilities will allow water utilities to better interpret and utilise the data they receive from the digital meter sensors that operate on Telstra's NB-IoT network, Australia's largest and most comprehensive network, which covers more than 3.5 million square kilometres," he said.

"We are very excited to bring together our deep expertise and relationships in the water industry and technology partnerships to build a solution that meets the specific requirements of water utilities. By adding insight to the data our customers collect, our solutions will help Australian utilities save water, improve services and drive real business outcomes."

Telstra

Telstra is a leading telecommunications and technology company. It offers a full range of services and competes in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and WiFi networks. Globally, Telstra provides end-to-end solutions, including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. Telstra has licences in Asia, Europe and the United States, and offers access to more than 2 000 points of presence across the globe. For more information, visit www.telstra.com.

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