Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sensus helps BAI provide smart metering in Australia

Steve Rogerson
August 11, 2015
Australian communications company BAI is working with North Carolina-based smart meter firm Sensus to design, supply and install a digital infrastructure that will let utilities remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems and pre-emptively prioritise and manage maintenance issues.
Data from smart sensors, including meters, should ensure the reliable, safe and cost-effective delivery of water and energy through improved operational efficiency and customer engagement.
"Australian utilities now have access to proven industry leaders to help meet the increasing demands of a digital world," said Mary Wilson, director of smart metering for Sensus in Australia. "In the same way that data analytics give utilities insight into system performance, customers can use real-time usage data that help them conserve water and energy."
BAI is the owner and operator of digital transmission infrastructure in Australia.
"Australia is a highly complex digital nation and it is BAI's goal to ensure our customers' communications networks are able to take advantage of this," said Jim Hassell, group CEO of BAI. “Our partnership with Sensus made perfect sense as both organisations are clear leaders in delivering networks that are built for the future.”
The Sensus Flexnet communications system uses dedicated, licensed spectrum in a private, secure network that supports multiple applications and is flexible for future growth. Based on open standards and supporting capacity and reach requirements, it is interoperable with multiple systems and endpoints for delivering data that help utilities respond quickly to changing market and customer requirements.
"The Sensus-BAI partnership, in particular, can help water utilities combat the growing demand by supporting data that help conserve resources," said Wilson. "By offering a bird's-eye view of the system, water utilities can manage their assets through timely maintenance that prevents service disruption and enhances reliability."
Water conservation in Australia is critical. A global water utility report discovered the country currently loses 18 per cent of its potable water through leaks. The smart water network will detect leaks and allow utilities to predict and address future issues throughout the water distribution system.
With its growing population, the demand for water in Australia is rising, which makes it more important than ever to deploy digital technologies that enable automation, control and insight into system performance and consumption.
Australian headquartered, BAI has a strong track record constructing and managing state-wide mission critical communications networks for the public and private sector. Most recently, it successfully coordinated and managed the spectrum clearance works for all national and commercial television services to clear the 700MHz band spectrum for the Australian government's Digital Dividend auction.