Portsmouth Water approach a new 5-year regulatory period with a goal to reduce network leakage from around 25% to 15%. Building on their industry-leading internet-of-things (IoT) expertise, Portsmouth Water selected US to deploy machine-learning software to identify and locate bursts on plastic pipes.
The novel approach of blending the twin technologies of Machine Learning and IoT enables Portsmouth Water’s field-teams to focus on where and when to find and fix leaks before customers notice drops in pressure or quality.
An advantage of using Machine Learning is that prediction of burst becomes possible enabling even more preservation of water.
The advantage of IoT is that wireless connection of equipment under metal manhole lids becomes straight-forward using AA-battery devices.
Existing alternative methods for cast-iron pipes rely on sound, however, 50% of Portsmouth Water’s network is plastic which doesn’t respond adequately to sound-based methods. IoT Pressure data behaves the same regardless of pipe material.
Extremely encouraging formative results indicate detection times of 15 minutes and rates of 1-1.5 litres per second in a 1500 home District Metering Area (DMA.) This compares to waiting for customer phone calls or previous days’ analysis. IoT Pressure data provides capability to locate bursts to street-level.
“Reducing network leakage is crucial for both the security of future supply, reducing carbon impact of treatment, pumping, and preserving the environment from over-abstraction. We pride ourselves at Portsmouth Water on being in pole position in the IoT and Machine Learning space keeping our objectives at the heart of our innovation.”
Jamie Jones, Smart Networks Manager, Portsmouth Water
THE SMART THING WE DELIVERED
Smart device designed to monitor water systems for faults and leakage through the fluctuation of pressure.
The emmergence of IOT technology has created a storm of assumptions and myths. Our aim is to pull back the curtain and demonstrate the real world applications and opportunities IOT offers. What better way to do this than to bring our busines to the high street.