Wireless Water Meters: Over 200 million units water utility AMI Expected by 2025

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Wireless Water Meters: Over 200 million units water utility AMI Expected by 2025

Two-way wireless water meters, also known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) endpoints, are set become a standard feature in water systems around the globe over the next few years. According to new a research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of water utility AMI endpoints in Europe and North America alone will rise to over 200 million by 2025.

Unlike AMR endpoints, which rely on data collected by utility personnel by walking or driving by with a data receiver in proximity to the device, AMI involves a fixed network communications infrastructure and supports true IoT connectivity, providing an integrated system of water meters, communication networks and data management systems that enables two-way communication between meter endpoints and utilities.

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Proprietary radio frequency (RF) technologies have been practically unrivalled for AMI communications in North America while a mix of proprietary RF and EN 13757-based technologies have dominated in Europe. There is now a clear trend towards rapidly increasing adoption of next generation LPWA technologies for AMI communication in both regions.

After 4–5 years of mainly pilot projects, large-scale water AMI projects utilizing LoRaWAN or 3GPP-based LPWA technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT have in the last year finally started to emerge across Europe and North America,

said Levi Ostling, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight.
The trend is most prominent for LoRaWAN in Europe and LTE-M in North America, while NB-IoT is still largely confined to smaller projects across Europe – particularly in Spain, Italy and Eastern Europe,

he continued. Veolia, a large French utility, has recently committed to roll out 3 million LoRaWAN-connected water meters across France by 2029. It will be one of the early examples of large-scale adoption of LoRaWAN within water AMI in Europe.
Overall, Berg Insight forecasts that AMI endpoint shipments in the European and North American water sectors will grow from a total of 6.2 million units in 2019 to 14.2 million units in 2025. While most endpoints will be deployed in smaller projects, growth in the next few years will to a large extent also be driven by massive rollouts by cities such as Philadelphia, Louisville, Austin, Fort Worth and Columbia in North America and by utilities such as SUEZ, Veolia, Thames Water and Anglian Water in Europe.

While markets such as France and Spain have historically been the primary markets for water AMI solutions in Europe, a large share of deployments in the next few years are expected to take place in Italy, the UK and Benelux,

Ostling said.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Veolia

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