Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Drought city rolls out smart water meter network

Steve Rogerson
February 18, 2015
The city of Santa Fe in New Mexico is deploying 34,000 smart water meters that will be connected over cellular networks. Santa Fe has serious water shortage problems and is in its fifth consecutive year of drought. Last summer was the hottest on record.
The technology is being installed through a partnership between Santa Clara-based Aeris and Milwaukee-based Badger Meter, a manufacturer of flow measurement and control products.
Badger Meter was awarded a ten-year contract to deploy its Beacon AMA managed system, including 34,000 Orioncellular endpoints. This will allow meters to be read remotely, providing more accurate readings, and proactive information to help the city identify potential leaks and to understand what is happening in their water system. In addition, water customers will have more control of their water usage through EyeOnWater, a Badger Meter consumer portal and smartphone and tablet app giving end-users the opportunity to see how their water is being used.
“We have always been committed to providing the best products, support and services for our customers, and found that by partnering with Aeris, we have the ability to offer the city of Santa Fe a reliable and cost-effective solution,” said John Fillinger, director of marketing at Badger Meter. “Aeris exceeded our stringent requirements to ensure our customers have a reliable, scalable connection to our meters deployed in the field.”
Leveraging Aeris’ machine-optimised AerCore M2M network and AerPort connectivity platform, Badger Meter can provide the Santa Fe Public Utilities Department flexibility, reliability and a cost-effective way to communicate and manage its water meters remotely, without having to leave the office.
“Cities like Santa Fe have long embraced the notion of smarter remote monitoring, but are taxed to do more with dwindling resources,” said Janet Jaiswal, vice president of enterprise marketing at Aeris. “We are excited to be working with a strong, committed company like Badger Meter. With this partnership, the city of Santa Fe has two well-established industry leaders providing a smart and sensible solution that addresses their unique needs, while providing more value to customers.”