Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Trimble adds IoT sensor support to smart water software

Steve Rogerson
April 12, 2017

Trimble has added wireless monitoring and IoT sensor support to its smart water management software. Unity 3.8 is a cloud-based, GIS-centric software-as-a-service that includes a suite of applications and tools for the water, wastewater, storm water and environmental water industry.
Users can monitor real-time operations, deploy smart meters, assess the condition of assets, reduce leakage and non-revenue water (NRW), and locate and map critical infrastructure using thee high-accuracy GNSS mapping technologies. Version 3.8 extends the platform's capabilities to include proactive asset performance monitoring with the integration of Telog wireless IoT remote monitoring instruments and data.
A benefit of version 3.8 is the ability to pair it with Telog wireless, battery-powered remote monitoring instruments. Used together, Unity with Telog instruments offers water, wastewater and storm water asset performance management that includes monitoring and management of water level, flow, pressure, water hammer, rainfall, water quality, pump stations and others items and parameters on remote water and wastewater networks.
This version provides situational awareness of water and wastewater utility asset performance, providing a single view of remote monitoring data, performance measurement reports, GIS, operational data, asset conditions and events. Its mobile application can be used to automate and simplify wireless monitoring instrument site deployments.
Telog wireless remote monitoring instruments may be configured to measure and report data and alarms as often as needed. The version includes GIS visualisation tools to view and analyse wireless remote monitoring data for a single site or aggregated data from multiple sites. These capabilities enable water utilities to enhance asset performance and customer response as well as collect timely data from the field to support decision making and regulatory compliance.
The configurable web and mobile work management, analysis and data collection workflows can be used for responding to alarms or events, assessing the condition of the utility network assets and collecting authoritative asset data in the field. Users can integrate this with their existing back office customer service and asset management systems and provides a single GIS-centric field across an entire workforce.
The software leverages Esri ArcGIS technology to provide support for Esri GIS mapping in the office and field. It is available on iOS, Windows and Android smartphones and tablets as well as on Trimble rugged, mobile mapping devices.
"Utilities are looking for ways to proactively manage their networks but are faced with challenges around the lack of data on distribution and collection network performance and asset condition," said Rami Naber, product manager for California-based Trimble Water. "Trimble Telog wireless remote monitoring instruments are used by over 3000 customers throughout North America and now Trimble Unity 3.8 can collect authoritative data from these instruments. The power of this combination is that it provides situational awareness of network operations, empowering users with advanced workflows and tools to measure and improve network performance so they can shift to a proactive smart water management operating model."