Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sensus smart gas meter detects theft

Steve Rogerson
October 30, 2019



The Sonix IQ smart gas meter from North Carolina-based Sensus, a Xylem brand, is for residential use and provides precise ultrasonic measurement, integrated communications and smart sensing functions such as theft detection and continuous health checks.
 
Gas utilities should benefit from more operational efficiency and cost savings through remote management.
 
“The Sonix IQ delivers proven ultrasonic metrology with the highly integrated communications capability and performance of FlexNet, while adding critical control capability that ensures safety across the entire residential metering installation,” said Sensus vice president Steve Toteda.
 
Ultrasonic meters are digital and precise. The Sonix IQ can gather real-time consumption data and readily transmits and receives data with the integrated FlexNet communication network. The smart meter stores 90 days of hourly data, twice that of its predecessor.
 
“Residential ultrasonic metering technology has been in development for many years,” said Black & Veatch principal consultant Joe Turgeon. “The use of this technology for wide-scale residential deployment may be a game-changer for utilities in that the smart meters can be self-diagnostic and require less maintenance. This technology has the opportunity to transition the way utilities safely do business with residential customers through gas meters with integrated measurement and communications to provide more timely data collection and advanced features.”
 
This smart residential gas meter offers theft detection through a variety of flow indicators. It also performs continuous health checks through internal diagnostics.
 
“Now utilities can viably upgrade their mechanical meters and separate communications devices to a single, solid ultrasonic meter pool and significantly reduce the staff time and costs associated with repairing and replacing meter parts, batteries and communications devices,” said director of global gas marketing Dan Bennett.
 
The Sonix IQ has a 20-year battery life. The built-in FlexNet SmartPoint communication device eliminates the need to maintain and replace the separate meter and radio devices on staggered schedules. It is also compact, about half the size of a traditional mechanical meter, and one meter size serves both the 250 and 400 class options. It can thus go in cramped installations or multi-meter banks servicing high rise apartments.
 
“The next phase of the Sonix IQ will include a new standard for gas metering with features such as remote pressure monitoring and shutoff,” said Bennett.