Sofiyska Voda is the leading water utility in Bulgaria that provides water and wastewater services to the capital of the country. They are one of the first ThingsLog clients. In this use case study, we are presenting the general usage of ThingsLog products by Sofiyska Voda.
Sofiyska Voda’s mission is to be a top-class supplier of high-quality water supply and sewerage services. They provide water for more than 1,5 million people living in Sofia. Correspondingly, their activities include the operation, maintenance and management of water mains and sewers.
Since Sofia is the most populated city in Bulgaria, it requires significant amounts of water for consumers. Currently, there are three sources of water:
Beli Iskar dam
Volume: 15 080 000 m3. It amounts to 20% of the water consumption of Sofia. This is one of the highest mountain dams in Europe.
Volume: 673 000 000 m3. It accounts for 80% of the water consumption of the city.
Water catchments and reservoirs
They make up less than 1% of the water consumption of the city. Sofiyska Voda retrieves water from the mountains of Vitosha, Liulin, Plana and Stara Planina.
Thingslog Smart water metering solution aids Soviyska Voda in consumption profiling of key business customers. The solution is responsible for metering, leak detection and general monitoring of water consumption in Sofia. Remote water meter reading in Sofiyska Voda has been based on ThingsLog low power data loggers with 2G, NB-IoT and LoRa/LoraWAN. Sofiyska Voda were very satisfied by the fact that no matter the network technology being used they always got a good data for their purposes. In the end it was not easy to get good network coverage especially with LoRa and NB-IoT accross the whole city so ThingsLog network diversity in data loggers portfolio was always handy..
At the present time, Sofiyska Voda is satisfied with ThingsLog products that allow customization & flexibility within their networks. Pavel Mihaylov, the senior manager at Sofiyska Voda, shared that ThingsLog products implementation has been requested partially by him.
Example deployment on a combined water meter is presented bellow.
In particular Pavel was very happy by the ability of loggers to be remotely configurable over the air. He was also very happy by the custom water meter flow rate repots.
Based on the flow statistics reports Sofiyska Voda is able to determine is certain water meter sized correctly for the particular location or it is too small (most of the water pass < Q1) or too large (most of the water flows over Q3 of the meter) for the purpose.
Consequently, the smart water metering solution is satisfying the needs of the company in terms of water consumption monitoring and profiling. It has out performed other solutions produced by bigger vendors and larger local market players.
Sofiyska Voda AD, www.sofiyskavoda.bg/en/default.aspx.
“Remote Water Meter Monitoring.” ThingsLog, https://thingslog.com/remote-water-meter-monitoring/.