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New Technical Lab supports implementation of ultrasonic water metering across Greater China

Parul Dubey on July 9, 2019 - in Drinking water, News, Water

Utility companies in China to gain dramatically higher visibility of loads in the distribution pipeline via real-time data acquisition. Dynamic control of water 
distribution network offers:

  • ~30% savings in distribution efficiency
  • ~20% savings on cost of installation and maintenance of secondary water supply, due to ultra-low-pressure loss and improved leakage detection offered by ams’ TDC-GP30 solution
  • 30-60% reduction of leakage during distribution

Premstaetten, Austria – ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor solutions, Qingdao iESLab Electronic Co., Ltd., a pre-eminent end-to-end supplier of smart municipal works, and innovative water utility company Jiangxi Water Group Co., Ltd., announce plans to extend their China Water Utilities’ Platform, an industrial alliance founded to promote the benefits of ultrasonic water metering and NB-IoT technologies based on Ali Cloud. With the launch of the new Jiangxi Water Utility’s Technical Lab in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, the partners will further support China utilities companies with leading-edge demonstrations of the “big data dividend” of ultrasonic water metering. 

Jiangxi Water Group Co., Ltd, needs real-time, high-precision data to better understand customer usage profiles to dynamically manage its water distribution infrastructure and services to around 10 million households. As the first water company to install city-wide ultrasonic water meters in Greater China, the company will use new water meter designs based on ams ultrasonic flow measurement solutions connected to the utility via an NB-IoT wireless network.   

Yimin Cai, President of Jiangxi Water Group, says: “As a company we want to be “as good as water, and to aim for absolute perfection.” That is why we intend to be the first utility in greater China to implement ultrasonic water meters, providing real-time, high-precision data. By accessing this kind of big data about our business, which was not possible with traditional mechanical meters, we not only improve service delivery, we also make more sustainable use of this precious resource, and maximize our return on investment.”

Partnering on a joint laboratory to promote and train for ultrasonic water metering

Jiangxi Water Group established the Jiangxi Water Utility’s Technical Labin collaboration with Qingdao iESLab and ams to provide utility companies in Greater China a demonstration of real-time data generated by a network of wireless ultrasonic water meters. 

The center will demonstrate actual applications for the meters’ accurate flow measurements, including: 

  • Water waste reduction achieved by precisely locating leaks, enabling faster and more efficient maintenance and repair operations.
  • Improved quality of service, maintaining stable water pressure at end-user outlets by detecting and responding quickly to local peaks and troughs in demand.

Feizhou Han, CEO of Qingdao iESLab, says: “The new generation of water meters developed by iESLab and Jiangxi Water Group is set to transform the operation of the water supply network throughout China. Benefiting from the proven ams ultrasonic flow measurement technology, our water meter system will enable China’s water industry to cut leakage and improve operational efficiency. Ultimately this means that utilities can improve the quality of service while reducing the cost of service – a win-win for suppliers and customers.”

The Big Data dividend for utilities from changing to ultrasonic water metering

Jiangxi Water Group´s innovative implementation of connected ultrasonic water facilitates the digital transformation of the water supply industry. Real-time flow data from millions of consumer premises and distribution nodes, are transmitted via China’s cellular mobile networks and aggregated in a virtual data center provided by Ali Cloud. The Big Data can be mined using sophisticated data analytics programs, detecting patterns in the timing, location, rate and variation in consumption, enabling the water company to improve operations by: 

  • Predicting consumption more accurately
  • Identifying early warning signals of potential problems
  • Informing investment decisions to better match supply resources with demand requirements

Stefan Raible, Engineering Fellow at ams AG, says: “China’s strategic investment in advanced ultrasonic metering technology will provide far-reaching benefits to consumers, operators and the environment. Like all innovative technologies, ultrasonic meters require training and expertise to facilitate rapid adoption. We expect the Jiangxi Water Utility’s Technical Lab to make a huge contribution to the implementation in Greater China.”

The iESLabs IA-UWM-2-GP30-DN20 ultrasonic flow sensing module is available now from authorized distributors. Please click herefor more information and sample requests.

Click herefor more information on the Jiangxi Water Utility’s Technical Lab.

About ams

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ams’ high-performance sensor solutions drive applications requiring small form factor, low power, highest sensitivity and multi-sensor integration. Products include sensor solutions, sensor ICs, interfaces and related software for consumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets. 

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About Qingdao iESLab Electronic

Qingdao iESLab Electronic Co., Ltd (Qingdao iESLab), established in 2001, a subsidiary of Integrated Electronic Systems Lab Co., Ltd. (stock code 002339) who is a leading total solution supplier of smart municipal works. Focusing on smart water service, smart gas, development, production, integration and technical service of metering products, Qingdao iESLab is a national high-tech enterprise, a key software supplier and one of the industrial standard drafters of direct-reading AMR system.

About Jiangxi Water Group

Jiangxi Water Utility Group Co., Ltd. (hereafter Jiangxi Water as abbreviation) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jiangxi Water Conservancy Investment Group, established on Jul. 19th 2010 and registered capital is 200M CNY. Jiangxi Water is a state-owned large-scale enterprise who covers all the investments, establishments and operations of water supply and drainage projects provincially.

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