CODAH selects a Veolia Water solution to deploy remote meter reading in Le Havre
CODAH, the Le Havre joint district authority, is to deploy a remote meter-reading network for the Le Havre water service. Some 100,000 water meters will soon be fitted with remote technology and the city's residents will have an online service to enable them to keep abreast of their water consumption.
The solution selected by CODAH is based on an open, interoperable remote meter-reading network that will be operated by m2ocity, a specialist subsidiary of Veolia Water and Orange.
Deployment of the remote system meets two goals:
Strengthen the operational performance of the water service as regards water supply network operation
- Optimize supply network efficiency to conserve the natural resource
- Automate the water meter reading and billing process
- Upgrade methods and equipment to simplify the work of the water service's employees
Improve quality of service for customers through the introduction of innovative services
- Have more control over spending by monitoring water consumption through an online account
- Be warned of any water leaks via SMS or e-mail
- Be billed on the basis of actual consumption, without the disturbance of manual meter readings.
The solution put forward by Veolia Water and m2ocity enables public authorities to put in place infrastructure that can serve several purposes and that can evolve. The system offered by Veolia Water and m2ocity is open and interoperable, with a multi-application network environment that can host the services of any organization that wants to protect the environment or address sustainable development issues.
At the same time as installing fixed-line "machine-to-machine" telecommunications infrastructure, new communicating meters or smart sensors using the same wireless technology can be hooked up. These systems will provide remote readings, from anywhere in the area covered, of consumption of utilities in buildings (water, gas, electricity, etc.), or environmental data such as temperature, pollution, noise and so on.
"Remote meter reading represents real progress for all water service customers because it makes life easier for them. This project is part of a determined policy to modernize the quality of the public water service. Following on from the installation of stormwater retention basins to prevent flooding, the implementation of the new "Edelweiss" wastewater treatment plant and the replacement of lead connecting pipes, the deployment of this new technology is another new step forward."
"The great strength of the solution implemented by m2ocity lies in the fact that it provides local public authorities with an open solution. m2ocity guarantees an interoperable network and continuous upgrading of the remote reading network. It's an illustration of Veolia Water's new vision of its business: SVR, which combines solutions for service, value and responsibility."