Cloud-based data will help the City analyze and resolve water pipeline infrastructure issues

TORONTO - Echologics, a provider of permanent leak detection technology, announced it will deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) Smart City solution over Bell’s broadband wireless network for the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The solution will wirelessly monitor the city’s water pipeline network to help reduce water loss and mitigate the cost of infrastructure failure.

More than 150 of Echologics’ EchoShore smart nodes will be deployed throughout Medicine Hat’s water distribution network of existing fire hydrants to collect data and monitor water infrastructure for leaks. Supported by Bell’s national network, the cloud-based data will allow Medicine Hat to make better informed decisions about its water system.

“Medicine Hat considers utility sustainability a strategic and economic issue. This IoT approach to leak detection will enable us to take another big step forward by cutting water loss and enabling us to quickly address small problems,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, environmental utilities for the City of Medicine Hat. “We’re happy to partner with Echologics and Bell to bring this innovative IoT solution to our municipality.”

According to Environment Canada, up to 15 percent of the total water entering the country’s supply line system is lost to leaking pipes. By combining Echologics’ leak detection technology with Bell’s wireless network to transmit data, municipalities can reduce the amount of water loss, prioritize the repair and replacement of aging water infrastructure, and help ensure their citizens continue to have access to safe, clean drinking water.