MTN and Huawei have launched the Smart Water Metering solution, the “first Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solution in Africa”.
“The Smart Water metering solution enables the automated collection of utility meter data. Through sensors installed in water meters, customers can identify water pipeline leakage earlier,” said MTN.
The companies said household water meters will automatically report data on a regular basis, reducing fault probabilities and the operating expense.
“Powered by the NB-IoT technology by Huawei, the sensor array is designed to serve as a diagnostic spine that underpins network management.
The data gathered can be used to control waste water flows from each property, identify faults across the network, and improve health and safety outcomes.
“The Smart Water Metering service from MTN will be commercially deployed in 2017. MTN and Huawei will showcase a live Smart Water Metering demo and other IoT services at AfricaCom 2016.”