Nova Veolia chose Orange Business Services to Digitalize French Water Meter Reading Services

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Nova Veolia chose Orange Business Services to Digitalize French Water Meter Reading Services

Nova Veolia and its subsidiary Birdz, have chosen Orange Business Services (the B2B branch of the Orange Group) to help them digitalize Veolia’s water meter related services in France. They aim at reading more than 70% of their water meter remotely by 2027.

Veolia’s IoT expert Birdz collects millions of data items daily via its intelligent water meter to help clients like local communities, manufacturers, third parties and retail customers reduce their energy bills and improve their services. The Birdz solutions allow customers to visualize and predict their consumption and detect atypical consumption (e.g.: water leaks) and instances of fraud.
Following a 12-month trial period in Toulouse, Birdz has now chosen the Orange LoRa network to connect over 3 million intelligent water meters in France over the next 10 years. The network will allow Birdz to focus on their core business and develop new services. It covers over 30,000 municipalities and 95% of the population of Metropolitan France. This low-frequency radio network consumes little energy and is well prepared for intelligent meters, which are often located in hard-to-access environments, such as building basements or within meter access hatches. Birdz will also rely on Live Objects, the object and data management platform of Orange Business Services, to collect the mass of information from the meters.
Frédéric Van Heems, CEO of Veolia Water France, stated:

This project with Orange Business Services illustrates Veolia’s goal to digitalize our businesses and services. It is a true growth driver that will allow us to optimize our methods and performance, and also to propose new services to our customers, in line with their expectations for efficiency, interoperability, and transparency.

Xavier Mathieu, CEO of Birdz, added:

Birdz has chosen Orange Business Services to help it make a strategic shift from a technology requiring deployment of a radio network infrastructure to a solution that is open, interoperable and reversible and also a solution which meets the needs of our customers.

Helmut Reisinger, CEO of Orange Business Services, added:

We are proud to help Veolia and Birdz with this major project. Orange Business Services provides many companies with support on projects regarding IoT, data collection, transport, storage, and analysis, guaranteeing a high level of security. Our multi-technology strategy, which includes LoRa, 2G/3G/4G, and LTE-M, allows us to meet each sector’s specific needs. Already a leader in France, our goal is to become the IoT leader in Europe, and more broadly, to strengthen our position as an operator-integrator worldwide.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Orange Business Services

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