Fibrecity will install water meters as it rolls out its Fibre to the Home connections

Posted: Thursday 4th March 2010

Fibre optic infrastructure specialist, i3 Group has today announced that it proposes to install water meters as part of its strategy to utilise its Fibrecity networks to help households become more cost effective and energy efficient.

An independent review conducted last year recommended an approach that will see water meters in homes rise from 35% to 80% by 2020. To support this Fibrecity Holdings plans to roll out water meters to households, starting with Bournemouth, via its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connections which will allow the collection of real time data by the water companies. This initiative is the start of wider water leakage strategy that i3 Group has been developing over the last 12 months.

Elfed Thomas, CEO, i3 Group said: "The benefit of water meters is clear as they help to monitor water usage and the specification of these meters means they can also be connected to our Fibrecity network to facilitate remote data capture by the water companies.

“Fibrecities are a technology platform for service delivery and so a perfect fit for water and other utility companies that want to introduce smart meters in line with Government initiatives. The fibre optic connection will allow them to access data in real time and provide the household with actual real-time use of all energy.

“We see this as just the start as additional technologies can and will be introduced to Fibrecity homes to ensure more cost effective and energy efficient households in the future.”

i3 Group already has innovative partnerships with many of the UK’s water companies as its patented FS System utilises ready made ducts including the sewer system to lay fibre optic cable which avoids costly road digs. The Group’s methods mean that communication networks can be laid quickly and cost effectively with the minimum of disruption.

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