17 July 2019
LACROIX SofrelSmart Water
Strategic Marketing Director at LACROIX Sofrel
Why are we talking about IoT in relation to water networks?
The UN has predicted that the world population will reach 10 billion by 2050 and that 70% of the population will be concentrated in urban areas. The endless demand for energy and natural resources is leading to major climate change which threatens the environment, plants, animals and human beings.
The greatest challenges will be related to water management, energy management, transportation and mobility as well as waste management. Cities and regions will need to meet the increased need for water resources while respecting the ever-changing regulatory frameworks.
Faced with these environmental challenges, infrastructures and installations for Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment must be protected and improved. Digitalising them is of the utmost importance. This process was started long ago by the Water and Environmental sector. LACROIX Sofrel, which operates both in France and internationally (Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa), is one of the leading high-tech manufacturers in this rapidly changing industry.
Which technologies do you use?
Operator customers want to know about unforeseen events as well as be able to predict and anticipate them so that they can act accordingly. Our smart products (e.g. data loggers, local stations, RTUs, etc.) need to be able to communicate in harsh and restrictive environments (e.g. high humidity, requiring they be energy self-sufficient, poor telecommunication reception, etc.) and thus make it possible to monitor and remotely manage installations. This requires that the equipment has global telecommunication coverage, even for the most remote installations (“deep indoor”). This is a key deciding factor.
In addition, the emergence of LTE-M and NBIoT mobile technologies is going to accelerate this trend and address new applications as these technologies are highly adapted for connecting critical infrastructures across wide sprawling geographical areas on a national scale. Sigfox, LoRa and Wize technologies can complement each other and be useful for certain applications.
Above all, our product choices need to be informed by the use case to best meet the customer’s needs.
With these new technologies which are highly adapted to industrial objects, we can say without a doubt that in the future we will be able to measure, integrate and analyse more quickly by factoring in a multitude of variables.