IoT specialist Kerlink has partnered with wireless, real-time water-management systems provider WEGoT to expand and accelerate adoption of WEGoT’s solutions to help address serious water shortages in India.
With a population of more than 1.3 billion - almost one-fifth of the world’s population - India faces ongoing challenges providing adequate water for residential and industrial consumption. Government public-policy think tank NITI Aayog forecasts that the country’s water supply will meet only half of demand by 2030.
Designed for facilities ranging from hotels, hospitals and factories to high-rise residential buildings, WEGoT’s Aqua IoT-based solution monitors water-supply systems by tracking detailed consumption data via its highly accurate, ultrasonic sensors that measure water flow, pressure, and quality, and transmit the data to property managers’ dashboards and smartphones in real time.
The system has consistently enabled users, such as large residential communities, to reduce their water consumption by 40-50%, enabling a 40% reduction in water-related costs. Property owners typically achieve RoI within 12 months of installing the system. In addition to monitoring consumption, the WEGoT Aqua solution also sends water-leak alerts to users’ mobile apps, which can be used to stop the supply of water to the source of the leak.
Kerlink and WEGoT will combine the Indian startup’s ultrasonic water meters and cloud application in LoRaWAN networks with Kerlink’s carrier-grade outdoor Wirnet iStations and industrial-grade Wirnet iFemtocell indoor gateways, which receive sensor-generated data and transfer it to building and facility managers. It also gives businesses, such as water-delivery companies and water- and sewage-treatment plants, a real-time picture of operations, and informs preventative-maintenance decisions.
WEGoT, which was launched in 2015, calculates that its systems have saved more than 3 billion litres of water across more than 30,000 homes and 40 million square feet of commercial space. With a goal of saving another 10 billion-plus litres in the next three years, WEGoT and Kerlink plan to deploy the system in a million more homes and more than 5,000 commercial and industrial facilities by 2024.
“Kerlink is a strong and responsive partner in our plan to expand and accelerate deployments of WEGoT’s Aqua solution, because their equipment is being used in diverse Indian LoRaWAN networks and has proven to be robust and reliable under any conditions,” said Vijay Krishna, WEGoT’s vice president, networks. “Because of that experience, the company understands how to do business in India, which helps make our system rollouts for customers simple and quick.”
“WEGoT’s Aqua solution is an innovative, necessary tool for reducing water consumption – and waste – supported by a customer-friendly business model that provides users with details of their use, and encourages them to take their own steps to manage consumption and support sustainable living practices,” said Girish Dadheech, vice president of Kerlink India.