Press release from Business Wire India
Source: Halma Water Management (HWM)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 04:05 PM IST (10:35 AM GMT)
Editors: Business: Energy companies, Heavy industries, Water; Technology
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SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for British Water Utility

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 — (Business Wire India) — A major project to fight leakage by British utility company Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network. The SMART Logs are being installed by Vernon Morris & Co. Ltd. along with its Incertameter ‘bolt-on’ in-line flow meter, enabling Yorkshire Water to split 250 of its existing DMAs* in half for more efficient water management – without the need for constructing any new, expensive metered bypasses. The initial phase includes 350 installations, with more planned to follow as the project rolls out across the network.

Dividing a water mains network into DMAs is current water loss prevention best practice. It allows water companies to examine their network in small pieces, narrowing down areas where water is being lost so that leakage teams can then pinpoint the location within that DMA. Obviously, smaller DMAs result in more detailed initial information, and proportionally less time taken to identify the exact position of the leak; in these cases time equals not only money but also water, personnel and the chances of a severe service disruption.

SMART Log and Incertameter allow for the easy and very cost-effective creation of more and smaller DMAs, and very rapid collection of data from them. SMART Log’s wireless technology means that data collection teams no longer need access to the meter itself, but instead can download the data via a secure wireless link from up to 100 meters away – even from a moving vehicle. This drastically reduces the time taken for data gathering, which, in addition to the use of smaller DMAs, results in impressive savings.

In a series of blind pilot trials conducted last year to compare the before and after effects of the project, results indicated an average saving per leak of roughly 60 hours of detection time and over £1500, even without factoring in the initial saving of £5000+ per sub-metering point created. Leakage inspectors can expect to cover a DMA approximately five times faster than before, and prioritise their leak repair activities much more effectively according to the severity of a leak and its impact on the water supply.

Advanced technology not only enables this level of functional efficiency, but has resulted in an impressive battery life for the systems. Batteries last for 5 years with a 5 minute sample rate, meaning that the time and cost savings first made at the installation continue on for half a decade. The SMART Log technology has already seen extended use in Scotland and England over the last few years, both in conjunction with the Incertameter and as a standalone AMR or commercial datalogger, and has consistently proved itself a valuable tool in improving a project’s operational functionality and underlying efficiency.

*District Metered Area

About Halma Water Management

Halma Water Management (HWM), a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., is the world leader and world’s largest supplier of leakage management, pressure management and flowmeter technology. HWM is comprised of four Halma companies: Palmer Environmental, Radcom Technologies, Hydreka and FSC, under a single dedicated sales and sales support network. For more information please visit the company’s website at http://www.hwm-water.com/. HWM also has a press release blog with an RSS news feed at http://halmapr.com/news/hwm/.

About Halma

Halma p.l.c. (www.halma.com) is an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology. Halma is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has over 4000 employees in over 40 subsidiaries worldwide with a total turnover of over US$780m (2008). Halma’s subsidiaries make products that protect lives and improve the quality of life for people through innovation in market leading products which make its customers safer, more competitive and more profitable. These subsidiaries are assisting India’s economy in areas such as manufacturing, energy, water and waste treatment, the environment, construction, transport and health.

Halma recently opened a Hub office in Mumbai. For further news about Halma in India and to subscribe to the Halma India RSS News Feed please visit our blog at: http://halmapr.com/news/india/.

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HWM head office contact details:
Halma Water Management
Ty Coch House
Llantarnam Park Way, Llantarnam Industrial Estate
Cwmbran NP44 3AW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1633 489 479; Fax: +44 (0)1633 877 857
E-mail: sales@hwm-water.com
Website: www.hwm-water.com

CONTACT DETAILS
Santosh Sen, Halma India, +91 (22) 67080400/ +91 9820247680, santosh.sen@halma.com
Damian Corbet, Halma PR Services, +44 (0)1494 789152, dcorbet@halmapr.com

KEYWORDS
ENERGY, HEAVY INDUSTRIES, WATER, TECHNOLOGY

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