Hunter Water is set to use the power of IoT technology mixed with advanced analytics in a bid to protect the integrity of the water infrastructure.\nThe 12-month trial will assist in detecting leaks and predicting water main bursts before they occur. \nIt will test a range of sensors to monitor the water pressure and flow in parts of the Hunter Water network in the Lake Macquarie area. \nHunter Water\u2019s chief information and technology officer, Richard Harris, said the trial was an exciting opportunity for Hunter Water.\n\u201cThese devices, combined with the use of advanced analytics, will give us greater visibility into how the system is performing. Having that visibility will allow us to more quickly find and respond to breaks if they occur, particularly those in remote locations," Harris said in a statement.\n\u201cLeaks can sometimes be a precursor to a water main break, so the sooner we find leaks, the sooner we can fix them and minimise any potential impact on our customers and community. \u201c\nSpecifically, it will use NNNCo\u2019s carrier-grade LoRaWAN network and N2N-DL data platform to connect devices and deliver essential data.\nThe trial deploys 30 pressure sensors to monitor water pressure in real time across 25 km of pipe mains and five Water Flow meters to monitor flow in Hunter Water\u2019s pipes. \nNNNCo\u2019s multi-purpose N-sen device will provide connectivity to both sensor types to the network.\nThe sensors will alert Hunter Water to reductions in water pressure and flow, enabling the utility to respond quickly to fix leaks and prevent pipe bursts.\nNNNCo founder and CEO, Rob Zagarella, said the trial was particularly relevant to infrastructure-rich organisations like utilities.\n\u201cThis is about implementing a system to better monitor and manage existing assets in order to prevent issues and prolong the life of the asset,\u201d Zagarella said in a statement.\n\u201cThe potential is to be smarter with the management of existing assets and reduce spend on new or replacement infrastructure. \n\u201cThat has positive impacts for the utility as well as the broader community by reducing cost and environmental impacts.\u201d\nThe trial uses NNNCo\u2019s LoRaWAN network in the Hunter Region, providing secure connectivity from the devices through to analytics.