On December 19, 2018, Birdz chose Orange Business Services (OBS) to help deploy 3 million smart water meters after a 12-month trial in Toulouse, France. Itron, Honeywell (Elster), and Diehl Metering have been selected to supply smart meters for the project that will embed Birdz G3 communication module that support LoRaWAN, Sigfox and proprietary Homerider protocols. Veolia Water, Birdz, and OBS will collaborate to replace existing meters with smart water meters over the next 10 years. Once installed, Birdz and Orange will jointly commission the smart meters to collect data using Oranges LoRaWAN and LiveObjects’ Data management platform. Further, the LiveObjects platform will be integrated with Veolia’s Hubgrade platform to provide meter-to-cash and advanced analytic services to accurately estimate water balance and reduce water loses. Veolia’s longer-term goal is to read 70%, or over 8.6 million, water meters in France remotely by 2027.
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