Kamstrup: Busy Creating the Future of Smart Digital Water Supply
Date: Sunday , November 06, 2016
Water utilities, governments and OEMs are increasingly exploring the application of smart metering to water systems to extract benefits akin to eliminating leaks & inefficiency, lower utility operating costs, improve water conservation, and recapture lost revenues from leaks & thefts. Accounting for over 18 percent of world population, India seems to be on the verge of serious water crisis in the coming years, as too much water is lost to leaks. Lack of adequate tariff policy and no transparency in cost of production with consumers lead municipalities/utilities face huge losses, which adversely affects government\'s operations and maintenance expenditure. Kamstrup, a Denmark based manufacturer of systems and solutions for smart energy and water metering, has built smart solutions that can help utilities/municipalities to measure, read and bill the exact supply, and the end-consumers to keep a track of their day-to-day consumption.
Kamstrup has already established its footprint in India. For instance, Kapil Gram Panchayat in Maharashtra has become the first ever Indian gram panchayat to install Kamstrup Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) ultrasonic domestic water meters. The successful installation of smart meters with handheld drive-by solution enables consumers to have access to water 24x7, and logs daily consumption data and events such as leak, tamper along with reverse flow for 460 days and monthly data for 36 months. Additionally, the meter also provides bill based on actual usage of each consumer. The company is presently working with few Municipal Corporations/Councils in Hyderabad, NMDC and Chennai to create pilot projects. \"Smart metering is not just a matter of greater precision and consumption metering, it also holds the potential for optimizing operations, quality management, revenue protection, asset management and improve customer relations. It is about making the right choices and the right investments,\" asserts Kriti S. Golwalla, Marketing Manager, Kamstrup India.
The Unique Offerings
Kamstrup works with energy and water companies, utilities and municipalities to protect their reputations, create new opportunities for growth and inspire smart, more responsible solutions. Kamstrup systems are capable of delivering real-time data from all consumers which includes metering, communication infrastructure, data management and support services.
Its smart meters are produced to MID Approval EN 1434 - a stringent European standard that ensures the accuracy while quality remains constant. Its water metering solutions represent the next-gen of smart metering. Combining newest ultrasonic technology with remote reading, advanced pressure and leakage surveillance, and high end-user involvement, Kamstrup offers a full product portfolio covering water utility\'s core tasks while securing the highest level of control, efficiency and flexibility on the market. Ultrasonic Water Meter - FlowIQ - 2101 allows measurement for precise accuracy, flow and temperature monitoring, smart alarms for leak, burst, reverse flow detection and tamper notification having to 16 years battery life. Furthermore, Meter Reading System READy - a unique solution for reading meters remotely and optimizing the distribution network, can easily be adjusted to meet different needs and expand with change in need. The handling of meters and meter data takes place in the PC program, READy Manager accessible via mobile or network.
Leveraging the Legacy
The 100 percent subsidiary company in India with office in Thane, Kamstrup is celebrating its silver jubilee in the ultrasonic metering technology this year. \"We see a lot of potential the Indian market has, especially in the light of projects like Smart Cities, AMRUT and other urban development initiatives where the impetus is on conservation and sustainability of these scarce resources,\" explains Suneel Bhambere, Country Manager, Kamstrup India.
Putting customers at the heart of everything it does, the company voraciously listens to their needs and anticipates the challenges they will face in the future, which enables Kamstrup to continuously create innovative product ranges of hardware, software and service. Kamstrup\'s raison d\'etre is to create progress for others, and its hunger to always search for a better way of doing things puts the company at the cutting edge of the technology advancement of water, heat, cooling and electricity metering solutions. Currently Kamstrup is working on developing pressure and temperature sensors in addition to the water metering system. The product PressureSensor, which is in pilot testing in its European markets will soon be launched in India.
The company continues to invest heavily in product development and innovation (25 percent of its employees are dedicated to R&D) This heavy focus on innovation serves as the catalyst for growth and additional market shares it hopes to achieve in the years ahead. \"At Kamstrup, we do not talk about the future of digital water supply. We are busy creating it,\" concludes Suneel.
Suneel Bhambere, Country Manager, Kamstrup India
Suneel has over 17 years of experience working in Industrial Engineering and Electronic Manufacturing companies. He took charge of Kamstrup India as Country Manager five years back.
Per Asmussen, CEO, Kamstrup A/S
Per is a visionary in the electronic manufacturing industry. He has been the CEO of Kamstrup since 10 years. Prior to that, he has led companies like Alstom Power FlowSystems, Grundfos and APV.
Offices: HQ at Stilling (Denmark), Thane (India), US, Germany, China, UAE and others along with delivery and support solutions in more than 60 countries
Product & Solutions: Smart Water Meters, Heat & Cooling Meters, Smart Grid and Meter Reading
Business areas: Water Metering, , Heat & Cooling Metering and Electricity Metering Individual Metering
Clients: Shirpur Warawade Municipal Council (currently installing 11,000 metering points), Man Gram Panchayat near Pune, Aamshi Village Council near Kolhapur