Budget conscious municipalities and utilities are now being offered IoT technology solutions that enable the wireless gathering of data about their infrastructure, helping them maximize their workforce and boost sustainability efforts. Comcast’s machineQ, an Internet of Things service, and the water technology company Neptune Technology Group are collaborating on Smart City technology offering an IoT solution for advanced water metering and infrastructure.
The solution uses already-available technology that combines Neptune’s LoRa-enabled water meters and sensors with machineQ’s LoRaWAN network and connectivity platform. With the combining of these technologies, utilities and municipalities are able to switch from manual monitoring systems that require physical employee visits to a system wirelessly sending data to the cloud remotely. This allows utilities and cities alike to redeploy their employees elsewhere, while assisting commercial and residential customers with higher efficiency and less waste.
Alex Khorram, General Manager of machineQ, talked about the surge of Smart City technology adoption in a press release, saying, “Cities and municipalities are no longer delaying their Smart City programs based on the promise of future network technologies because they see the tremendous cost savings and efficiencies they can realize today from a broad range of existing IoT solutions, from trusted providers like Neptune, that are capable of leveraging the machineQ cloud-based IoT network and platform services.”
The technology currently available works with already-installed systems across the country. Neptune is presently serving over 4,000 water utilities nationwide with innovative software and measurement systems upon which this new partnership will build.