The Port of Southampton is one of the UK’s busiest ports and the biggest export port, handling exports worth £40 billion per year. It is also the UK’s number one automotive port, handling 900,000 cars annually. ABP needed an efficient way to manage their water consumption and identify any problems across their busy site.
We installed our AMR technology on 180 Water Meters across ABP Southampton site. The project has established a secure Low Powered Wider Area Network (LPWAN) using three Private Network Gateways on site which securely collect hourly Automatic Meter Reading data from all water meters on site.
This has helped ABP to fully understand their consumption and water hierarchy.
Within completion of the project ABP have been able to:
Water is a scarce resource and our AMR technology has been able to provide ABP with accurate and up-to-date data, enabling them to quickly detect and resolve leakage and wastage and help the business become more sustainable.
Within days of our installation we were able to detect several potential large scale non-visible leaks through our fusion portal. This led to follow up site surveys and audits finding a number of unmetered supplied which has the potential to recover thousands of pounds of ABP.
One leak we were able to identify, once fixed will save ABP around £100K every single year.
The consumption data will be used by ABP Ports to forecast water consumption and costs, as well as providing accurate billing to the Port’s tenants. With the Port now able to see consumption data, they will be able to monitor and implement strategic business changes to reduce water usage and monitor the results.
Looking forward, there are opportunities to consider how to monitor and control the network remotely. The Port could considering integrating wireless smart valves that can shut off leaks remotely within minutes of an alert on the portal.