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Telit ensures connectivity for WaterSignal
- October 17, 2023
- Steve Rogerson
- Telit Cinterion
Telit Cinterion is working with WaterSignal to ensure always-on connectivity for its real-time water monitoring and leak detection systems.
As water scarcity continues to increase worldwide, baseline water benchmarking and evaluation have become critical, requiring operation teams for domestic meters, irrigation systems and cooling towers to have reliable access to on-demand data.
Through WaterSignal’s remote water monitoring capabilities – supported by cellular LPWA modules and IoT connectivity– teams gain deeper insights into their towers and systems’ efficiencies while eliminating the need to perform repetitive, manual day-to-day meter readings.
WaterSignal’s real-time water monitoring and leak detection system enables make-up and blow-down meter monitoring for cooling towers, helping teams search for leaks proactively, mitigate water loss and damage and justify evaporation credits with local municipalities. The technology is non-invasive as WaterSignal’s products attach to any existing water meter without a disruptive installation, reducing costs while eliminating the need for additional city approval.
In light of ongoing and worsening power outages, WaterSignal needed to transfer water data independent of a power source. The company also needed a technology partner for cellular IoT connectivity and network services. Because of these requirements, it turned to Telit Cinterion’s cellular LPWA modules and IoT connectivity.
The cellular LPWA supports various devices, from point-of-sale terminals and smart meters to industrial sensors and asset management. Its modules include power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) for increasing IoT application power saving and battery life when backed by networks.
The cellular LPWA module family form factor also lets developers employ a design once, use anywhere strategy, helping them decrease costs, truncate development time and deploy the most optimal technologies for the application’s environment. In addition to providing better performance for the module, the radio frequency front-end (RFFE) engineering delivers reliable connections, even for IoT devices in hard-to-reach locations typical of a water monitoring setting.
“Telit Cinterion is a leading IoT provider and was selected because of its excellent reputation for quality modules, which later expanded to its IoT connectivity network services,” said Mike Drake, vice president of engineering at Georgia, USA, based WaterSignal (www.watersignal.com). “WaterSignal can ensure connectivity for customers via cellular data rather than wifi. It does not require a connection to power. This capability provides a more stable connection. It allows the WaterSignal device to communicate, even in deep vaults or locations far away from buildings with wifi.”
Neset Yalcinkaya, senior vice president at Telit Cinterion, added: “When monitoring critical resources, like water, a reliable connection is pivotal to maintaining visibility and extracting actionable insights. WaterSignal’s technology is invaluable for operation teams, and we are pleased that Telit Cinterion’s cellular LPWA modules and IoT connectivity are central to providing that essential connection, particularly the ability to use cellular instead of wifi to transfer water data independently of a power source during an outage.”
Telit Cinterion (www.telit.com) is an enabler of the intelligent edge, delivering custom-designed, ready-for-market connected devices in addition to maintaining a portfolio of enterprise-grade wireless communication and positioning modules, cellular MVNO connectivity plans and management services, edge-cloud software and data orchestration, and IoT and industrial IoT platforms.