The Danish company Kamstrup is known and recognised around the world as a leading supplier of solutions for measuring and controlling the consumption of energy and water.
Now the company is advancing at full speed into a brand-new business area by launching a new analysis platform that will make Kamstrup’s customers in the water utilities sector better able to control their distribution grids and efficiently intervene to stop waste and unforeseen incidents in their supply processes.
The first two products targeting water works are called Incidents and Water Intelligence. Water works will now be able to substantially increase the value of collected meter data as the data will now be automatically organised, visualised and analysed – requiring no more than just a few clicks.
“It will be possible for water works staff to get a precise overview of water waste and leaks in the grid system. They will be able to monitor developments in their pipelines district by district and automatically receive alarms about technical incidents or irregularities,” says Kristian Rokkjær, Head of Product Management, Water Solutions at Kamstrup.
A lengthy development process precedes the launch of the first analysis products. In addition to its traditional workforce, Kamstrup has recruited its own corps of specialists with unique expertise in the field of data analysis.
These experts in data and data applications have cooperated with a number of selected water works to analyse large volumes of metered data for the design of the new products. The result of their efforts provides a simple overview of incidents and identifies water-loss problems in an easy-to-grasp manner.
It is no coincidence that it is notably these efforts to limit water waste which are the focal point for the first launch of Kamstrup’s new analysis platform for water works.
European statistics show that water waste in many countries is quite substantial – in many instances 20% or more. This is because it can be quite challenging to monitor what in many cases is an old, widely branched supply line that is also buried underground and could easily be peppered with undiscovered leaks which allow precious water to seep into the ground.
For years water works all over the world have found it difficult to ensure that the greatest possible volume of water ends up in the right place: in the water taps, bathtubs and toilet tanks of consumers – who are also paying for the water.
“By combining intelligent measuring technology, remote reading and our new analysis platform, a water works company can actually learn much more about its own distribution network – without having to commission cost-intensive excavation works,” says Kristian Rokkjær, Head of Product Management for Kamstrup’s Water Solutions Division.