ABB Unveils World’s First Electromagnetic Flowmeter With Bidirectional Connectivity To Power Intelligent Water Loss Management

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ABB adds mobile connectivity to AquaMaster4 flowmeter, enabling 60 percent lower power consumption and identifying leaks ten times faster than the market standard in an industry where every drop counts.

9 December 2021 (Source: ABB)

ABB’s AquaMaster4 Mobile Comms flowmeter is the latest wireless solution for continuous flow measurement, the logging of accurate data and communication of information that is critical for today’s water management. The AquaMaster4 electromagnetic flowmeter enables 60 percent lower power consumption, identifying leaks ten times faster than the market standard.

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AquaMaster4 Mobile Comms, the world’s first electromagnetic flowmeter with bidirectional connectivity, provides near-real time data used for intelligent water management. Its advanced connectivity on 4G-LTE and NB-IoT networks allows operators to read values from the device remotely from hundreds of miles away, giving them access to manage the device and their operations wherever they are located and at any time. Historical logged values of pressure, flowrate, alarms, battery life, and activity record can also be retrieved remotely.

“AquaMaster 4 Mobile Comms allows you to stay connected to the flowmeter instead of just relying on data being communicated, providing dynamic insights into supply and demand and allowing better control and hence intelligent water management. This is a significant step forward in the digital journey in water networks, helping to save resources in an industry that is focusing so much on conservation and sustainability,” said Krishna Prashanth, global product line manager electromagnetic flowmeters with ABB Measurement & Analytics.

AquaMaster4 Mobile Comms family. Photo credit: ABB.

The enhanced flowmeter is also unique in its ability to identify low-flow night time leaks that would otherwise be undetected. The precise accuracy and connectedness offers increased measurement and billing confidence.

By using high speed, low-cost mobile data accessible via an internal SIM card connected to a mobile network, the new AquaMaster4 Mobile Comms provides an adaptable and agile solution for deployment from virtually any location. Costs are further reduced by the flowmeter’s high battery life, which removes the need for cumbersome, costly cables and field visits.

The flowmeter also detects battery life and can be reconfigured to a suitable power mode. The device recovers itself by re-booting in case of faults and allows for task automations. It can also be renewable-powered, further extending its cost-cutting capabilities, all while the predictive maintenance schedule and enhanced diagnostics helps saves time and money.

In addition to the new connectivity of Mobile Comms, ABB’s AquaMaster4 was recently awarded a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label for its high-tech response to the global need for water crisis mitigation and adaptation. The Solar Impulse label rewards profitable solutions that protect the environment, and AquaMaster4 has been attributed the label following an assessment based on verified standards which was performed by a panel of independent, external experts.

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