It will mean faster installation and IoT interoperability for the company’s smart water metering customers
WaterGroup, one of the largest corporate water-savings companies in Australia, is licensing Reekoh’s IoT open integration platform for use within its range of smart metering and water-savings services.
WaterGroup says the multi-year deal will help tackle one of the major issues facing non-residential water users in Australia: the loss of loss of 200 billion litres of water each year.
The licensing partnership with Reekoh is aimed at building on WaterGroup’s previous water- and cost-savings successes. In the past 12 months, WaterGroup has helped its Australian customers realise water savings of almost 300 million litres and cost-savings of over $1 million.
This achievement contributed to WaterGroup’s recent winning of the IoT Impact Award at the 2017 ACOMM Awards.
“With Reekoh’s new platform bringing true interoperability and flexibility to a core part of WaterGroup’s solutions, which include IoT hardware, networks and customer applications, we are confident in predicting Reekoh will play key part in achieving the next $1 million in water savings for our existing and future clients,“ says Guenter Hauber-Davidson, managing director of WaterGroup.
WaterGroup and Reekoh are already off to a good start with projects for Waverley Council and Coffs Harbour Council. These are geared towards improving the way the councils collect data on water usage, using data to reduce the likelihood of water leaks and other such damage to their water networks and to deliver increased water efficiency and savings.
“With Reekoh’s interoperability capabilities, it’s easier for our clients to integrate data with their own existing sustainability reporting, workflow and facility management systems – and to realise savings in both water and money,” Guenter adds.
Commenting on the deal, Reekoh CEO and co-founder Dale Rankine says:
“We’re very happy to be working with WaterGroup, who we see as leaders in not only the smart water conservation space, but more broadly in the IoT ecosystem in Australia.
“This despite the fact that the market is still maturing in terms of the hardware, networks and software solutions being adopted by customers. That‘s where the Reekoh integration platform comes in to play – it has proved itself capable of dealing with the challenge of fragmentation as well as delivering the flexibility of true interoperability to customers.
“With the Reekoh platform being used in WaterGroup’s smart water metering systems, WaterGroup customers don’t need to be locked into a particular technology if they want to realize the benefits of IoT-based solutions and services. This in turn helps ensure that WaterGroup delivers outcomes to its customers such as faster installation and tangible savings in dollars and water,” says Dale Rankine.
Reekoh’s platform was also chosen by the Technology for Urban Liveability Project (TULIP) based in Sydney to help deploy a network of environmental sensors across the inner city. The sensors will be used to gather detailed real-time data about air quality, urban heat and noise.
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