Here are four reasons why you would want to connect with your assets and how it creates value for you:
1. Avoid reacting to misleading data
Online monitoring of consumption and pressure allow utilities to act fast on bursts and leaks. Manual changes in the hydraulic setup, such as opening a gate valve between two zones or unplanned use of hydrants, are not always coordinated across departments.
This can lead to misleading information about network activity such as pressure change or even false high or low consumption/flow rates. If the utility operator is not aware of the change in the hydraulic setup, it requires costly investigation to find the real cause of the alarm. But even worse, it can generate mistrust in the IT system and in the end, it can result in a slower reaction time to bursts.
With IoT enabled position sensors on gate valves and fire hydrants, the state of valves and hydrants can be integrated into your operation dashboard and give you an online overview of your distribution network. That way, operators can quickly evaluate if an alarm is due to an opened gate valve or fire hydrant or if it is more serious like a leak or a burst.
2. Follow up on valve maintenance
Well-functioning valves and hydrants are crucial for hydraulic performance, monitoring NRW, fire safety and water quality in general. However, documenting, planning and tracking the maintenance can be a hassle.
With IoT sensors on gate valves and hydrants, every movement of the assets are automatically registered and stored. This means that the utility operators always have an updated overview of when each valve or hydrant has been operated or if there has been an unauthorised activity. This information enables you to focus on the valves and hydrants that need attention and send the maintenance team directly to the asset that needs fixing.
Another important factor to know about your valves and hydrants is the duration of time the asset has been opened or closed. Knowing how long an asset has been opened for or inactive provides you with a strong foundation to document flushing.