WirelessDevNet.com Press Release
Sensus Announces First iPERL Smart Meter Rollout in France
Neyron, France; February 2014 - Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company, has been selected to install 8,000 iPERL smart meters over the next four years in Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF), France. The rollout will increase meter readings from 400 per day to 2,000, giving more visibility on usage and network conditions to consumers and utilities.
SEBVF has eight deep underground bore-holes and supplies 84 municipalities, with a combined population of 41,500 people. It wanted to move to a new technology to overcome difficulties in reading hard-to-reach meters, whilst reducing the time needed to take meter readings. The renewal of its meter fleet to comply with new regulatory requirements, which requires a meter exchange every 15 years without calibration and to inform the end-users of their potential overconsumption, presented the ideal opportunity to consider a new technology.
SEBVF engaged with Sensus, whose iPERL solution was the only one capable of measuring very low flows. It provides better leakage detection and an increased meter reading speed, thanks to wireless technology and advanced communication options integrated into the endpoint.
iPERL endpoints will provide SEBVF with:
- Major time savings for meter readings, increasing daily meter readings by radio from 400 to 2,000
- Detection of leakages in order to alert the end-users, preventing water loss and incurred costs
"With the old technology, any wall or obstacle hampered meter readings; however, with iPERL readings are no longer a problem, even for very low flows. Now when we would optimise our drive-by route, we’ll be able to read up to 3,000 endpoints per day with iPERL,” says Pierre Blanchard, President of the Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont.
"This first signing of a French district paves the way for the development of real smart water networks in our country, an already widely used technology in parts of Europe and across the Atlantic. iPERL helps meet the challenges of water management optimisation and resource conservation” commented Michel Jacquet, Sales Director Sensus France.
Sensus is a leading clean technology solutions company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water. Learn more at www.sensus.com.
About Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF)
Originally, the organization was called “Syndicat Intercommunal des Eaux du Forage de Basse-Vigneulles” and comprised of 11 rural districts: Arriance, Bionville -sur- Nied, Elvange, Fouligny, Guinglange, Hallering, Hémilly, Herny, Mainvillers, Many, and Marange- Zondrange. The order of the Prefect formally establishing the SEBVF is dated from May 3rd, 1966. Since its creation, it decided to make every effort possible to ensure the production of water with an old bore-hole located in Basse-Vigneulles in order to equip houses with a tap of running water. The SEBVF now has eight deep groundwater bore-holes (in sandstone from the Vosges). Within 47 years SEBVF grew to cover today 84 municipalities, with the arrival in 2009 of the 13 towns of SIE - Lesse Chenois.