On March 27, 2020, the SMART.MET consortium announced the three companies that had successfully and satisfactorily completed the Phase 2 execution and were thus considered eligible to compete for the Phase 3 contract awarding involving the ‘testing’ stage of smart metering solutions. The consortium launched the call for tenders of Phase 3 on June 10, 2020, with an updated calendar adapted to the COVID-19 context.
Following the completion of Phase 1 and 2 – involving the submission of a proof of concept and subsequent development of a prototype – three out of the four initial contractors succeeded in demonstrating the functionality of their innovative technological solutions for water smart metering, as well as the validity of the prototypes in all their components: meter, communication infrastructure and control systems. The three economic operators invited to bid are:
The above mentioned economic operators have proposed significant innovative smart metering solutions based on new intelligent machines systems aiming at improving water utilities metering needs. According to the proposed solutions, water utilities should be able to obtain accurate real-time metering data which will lead to the improvement of network management with regard to detection of leaks, optimisation of the amount of supplied water, and improved better-tailored customer service. The economic operators have paid special attention to data security by proposing to incorporate cybersecurity and encryption systems into the meters’ data transmission system. This will ensure that access to collected data is strictly limited and protected.
The features and functionalities of the smart-meter prototypes are going to be tested during this final phase in five different sites that represent a diversity of urban, rural or mixed sites, and where the water utilities which compose the buyers’ group operate: region of Sélestat (France), Vicenza (Italy), Zafra (Spain), Liége and Herstal (Belgium), and Budapest (Hungary).
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