TIM, Olivetti, NTT DATA Italia and some local organisations have launched the first experimental service for monitoring drinking water for residential users in the Municipality of Rende, Southern Italy.
The collaboration will see the companies applying a new mathematical model on field that is able to estimate the consumption and demand of water on an hourly basis, fundamental elements for new methods of drinking water supply.
Thanks to the introduction of this service, based on new generation meters that perform and transmit real time consumption, pressure and flow measurements, it will be possible to monitor the status of the Rende municipality's water network in order to identify potential leaks in a timely manner and combat any fraud, with significant cost savings and better service to citizens.
Anticipating some of the capabilities allowed by future 5G networks, the NB-IoT (narrowband -Internet of Things) technology that equips the meters allows to produce ultra-low-power radio transmitting devices that can operate without interruptions for over 10 years. This technology also ensures perfect functionality even in underground areas such as manholes, cellars or boxes, said TIM.