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Platform for remote water meter reading offered for licensing

Country of origin:
Country: 
CZECHIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOCZ20200117004
Published
14/02/2020
Last update
27/02/2020
Expiration date
27/02/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Digital Systems, Digital Representation
Network Technology, Network Security
Data communication components
Data processing, analysis and input services
Databases and on-line information services
Integrated software
Controllers
Engineering activities and related technical consultancy
Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
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Summary

Summary: 
Czech R&D Institution has developed a platform for remote water meter reading for better indentification of weak points of the water distribution network in building complexes.The main innovation lies in the use of low-cost remote readings and data communication to the local distribution network without need of high operating costs. Technology is offered to the electronic components manufacturers on the basis of license.

Description

Description: 

Czech R&D Institution offers a platform for better identification of weak points (leakage points, outage points) of the distribution network while monitoring water consumption.The disclosed technology generally improves water management within the large building complexes or company premises and makes possible to identify non-standard events in the distribution network more easily and in a short time.

The developed universal solution of the sensor installation enables savings thanks to high compatibility with the most water meters. The novelty of the product lies in its modularity (detachable adaptor from the reading device) which guarantees the versatility of the device, thus significantly differentiating it from competing products, which are always designed to read water meters of only one manufacturer.

The platform is using IoT (Internet of Things) wireless networks (connecting sensors and active elements using information and communication technologies).
Conventional electronic reading devices use either wired or wireless transmission, but with very limited range of tens of meters while offered reading module uses LoRa (Long Range) network´s IoT.

The unit is compatible with the following types of water meters:
• Elster V200
• Elster H4200
• Elster M100i
• Sensus Meistream 50
• Sensus 420
• Sensus 620
• Flodis TU1M20

At the same time, the platform in the low-cost version will enable simplified in situ reading.

The developed universal solution of the sensor installation enables savings thanks to high compatibility with the most water meters and therefore large-scale production. This feature is attractive to potential manufactures. Based on the current estimate, the market potential in the Czech Republic is in the order of hundreds of sensors per year.

The disclosed module technology is offered to electronic components manufacturing companies for licensing of intellectual property rights.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The disclosed universal solution enables savings thanks to high compatibility with the most water meters. The novelty of the product lies in its modularity (detachable adaptor) The main innovation for users is the low-cost readings and communication of data to the local network without the need for high operating costs. The developed reading module uses the LoRa (a low-power wide-area network technology) network´s IoT infrastructure and thus differs from conventional electronic reading devices that have either wired or wireless transmission, but with very limited range of tens of meters. The technology meets the requirements of manufacturers identified by market analysis: • Easy installation of the reading device • Wide applicability • Ease of configurability • Easy hydrometer mounting • Low production costs

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The disclosed technology is offered to the manufacturers of electronic components on the basis of license (for manufacturing, selling, renting or developing products produced using this intellectual property rights and know-how).

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500