03 November 2023
In a context marked by climate change and rapid population growth, Smart Water Management has become essential for ensuring the sustainability and efficiency of water resources. By implementing the latest technologies and innovations, this approach allows water sector stakeholders to optimize their processes, enhance performance, and address the challenges they face.
In the realm of water network management, having a comprehensive and high-performing solution for effective monitoring is crucial. This is where the SOFREL DL4W data logger series comes into play.
These devices provide a complete solution for smart water network management by monitoring flow rates, counting water volumes, and controlling pressure. Distributed across a water network, they enable the identification of leaky segments, thus defining precise sectorization.
Key features of these data loggers include:
Robust and durable, they can adapt to demanding water network environments, especially when installed in isolated locations with weak radio reception conditions.
Thanks to real-time monitoring, even in remote natural environments, these data loggers maximize water network efficiency while reducing losses, contributing to a better water resource utilization plan.
The SOFREL S4W range enables 4.0 remote management of connected water networks. These Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) offer comprehensive and efficient management with specific functionalities.
The compact and robust S4W equipment features 2G/3G/4G connectivity for remote monitoring and on-site monitoring through Ethernet connectivity.
With advanced detection capabilities, they monitor and report parameters such as overpressure, disconnections, and pump issues, sending alerts for optimal responsiveness. It’s possible to connect up to 1000 inputs/outputs to the S4W, offering exceptional flexibility for water distribution facility monitoring.
Moreover, the SOFREL S4W simplifies installation and usage with software featuring intuitive interfaces. Users benefit from easy configuration of inputs/outputs and software assistants for simplified parameterization.
Additionally, it is equipped with an integrated HTML5 web server, providing easy data access from any device. This functionality enables users to view data, interact with animated schematics, and access dynamic charts for better event understanding.
For over 40 years, SOFREL’s remote management products have provided connected solutions for the control, remote operation, and management of water networks. By keeping pace with evolving communication technologies (radio, RTC, ADSL, Ethernet, GSM, GPRS…), the solutions developed by LACROIX Environment’s activity now belong to the ‘IIOT world,’ being connected through 3G/4G or Nb IoT links while incorporating web servers and cybersecurity. The IIOT products Sofrel DL4W and S4W enhance the performance and security of water networks, optimize water resource management, and protect the environment.
Nevers Agglomération, encompassing over 85,000 inhabitants across 13 municipalities, chose LACROIX for smart water management.
Thanks to LACROIX products installed at strategic sites, daily data collection of 5,000 records is ensured.
These installations have resulted in significant benefits, including an increase in water efficiency from 74% to 94%, an annual savings of 200,000 cubic meters of water, and 130 megawatts of energy saved. Through remote monitoring, operators can swiftly intervene when necessary, guaranteeing efficient and responsive water network management.
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Smart water management solutions, such as LACROIX’s SOFREL DL4W data loggers and the SOFREL S4W range, play an essential role in preserving water resources. By enabling precise monitoring, anomaly detection, and remote monitoring, these products contribute to waste reduction, enhance water network efficiency, and ensure sustainable management.
Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and data analytics could play a significant role in advancing smart water management. By combining these innovations with appropriate policies and cooperation among various stakeholders, it’s possible to significantly improve water resource management on a global scale.
In conclusion, smart water management represents a unique opportunity to address the challenges posed by climate change and population growth. Through technological advancements and collaborative initiatives, we can ensure sustainable and efficient water supply for all. Therefore, it’s essential to continue investing in this direction and implementing these innovative solutions within our communities.