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Water 2013, 5(3), 1052-1081; doi:10.3390/w5031052

Intelligent Metering for Urban Water: A Review

Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management, Griffith University, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre, Queensland 9726, Australia
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Received: 19 April 2013 / Revised: 14 May 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 11 July 2013
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This paper reviews the drivers, development and global deployment of intelligent water metering in the urban context. Recognising that intelligent metering (or smart metering) has the potential to revolutionise customer engagement and management of urban water by utilities, this paper provides a summary of the knowledge-base for researchers and industry practitioners to ensure that the technology fosters sustainable urban water management. To date, roll-outs of intelligent metering have been driven by the desire for increased data regarding time of use and end-use (such as use by shower, toilet, garden, etc.) as well as by the ability of the technology to reduce labour costs for meter reading. Technology development in the water sector generally lags that seen in the electricity sector. In the coming decade, the deployment of intelligent water metering will transition from being predominantly “pilot or demonstration scale” with the occasional city-wide roll-out, to broader mainstream implementation. This means that issues which have hitherto received little focus must now be addressed, namely: the role of real-time data in customer engagement and demand management; data ownership, sharing and privacy; technical data management and infrastructure security, utility workforce skills; and costs and benefits of implementation.
Keywords: intelligent metering; urban water; smart metering; review; sustainable; end use; AMR intelligent metering; urban water; smart metering; review; sustainable; end use; AMR
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Boyle, T.; Giurco, D.; Mukheibir, P.; Liu, A.; Moy, C.; White, S.; Stewart, R. Intelligent Metering for Urban Water: A Review. Water 2013, 5, 1052-1081.

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