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The modernisation of water management and supply is the defining challenge of the 21st century for both public and private specialist operators.

What is remote meter reading?

Remote water meter reading refers to the remote reading of a water meter, and enables various types of information to be obtained without needing to access the meter directly. This ‘digitisation’ of metering represents the first stage in the digitisation of water supply operations and facilitates the relationship between the supplier and consumers.

BIRDZ offers technological solutions for remote metering

BIRDZ designs and markets solutions featuring specialist algorithms that enable the production of useful data for suppliers as well as improved operational efficiency. This is why the biggest brands trust BIRDZ to rise to the challenge of smart water metering.

The technological solutions offered by BIRDZ support suppliers in their efforts to modernise water distribution and also offer numerous applications for local authorities and consumers.

Benefits of remote metering

Remote water metering provides real-time updates about water consumption on your grid, as well as easy access to billing information.

Monitoring turnover

Using this aggregate, it is possible to calculate the turnover generated and make forecasts about future turnover. This feature makes it possible to provide accurate short-term consumption forecasts. The supplier can then more effectively adjust their production levels to meet future demand.

Through accurate knowledge of the meter fleet and the availability of specialised alarms, remote water metering optimises the supplier’s turnover. For example, it gives the supplier the option of triggering actions to replace high-risk meters (blocked meters, detection of leaks or tampering) and ensure that their meter assets are adequately matched to fleet activity.

Profiling and management of consumers

BIRDZ remote metering provides numerous measurements that improve the description of water meter performance and enable accurate consumption information.

This consumption and flow monitoring is used to create customer profiles. High-volume consumers, seasonal customers, or customers with atypical consumption (for example: temporary surges relative to normal consumption), can be easily identified.


In addition to these operational considerations, BIRDZ remote metering also ensures compliance with regulatory constraints, such as those laid down in the Warsmann Act of 17 May 2011, which provides for a mechanism to protect users against abnormal variations in their water bills due to leaks in their water pipes.

Furthermore, analysis of the customer’s water consumption and the configuration of radio module alarms enable the detection of tampering (consumption on a terminated contract, rewinding the meter, removal of radio unit, etc.)


With BIRDZ remote water metering, the drinking water supplier is able to offer services based on their requirements: customer management, meter asset management.

Improving the service for consumers

With home visits no longer necessary, and the establishment of a simpler type of contract, BIRDZ remote water metering improves the customer’s user experience.


Radio metering of consumption provides the consumer with guaranteed accurate and reliable billing and easy access to consumption information (via web services or mobile apps).

This limits the risk of billing mistakes and allows customers to enjoy paperless billing.


In addition to this consumption information, alerts configured on the smart meters enable leaks located downstream from the meter to be rapidly detected and reported to the customer.

How does it work?

Remote water metering works via a low-frequency radio network. These networks, known as LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks), are distinguished by their low energy consumption and ability to function in difficult environments (basements, meter access hatch, submerged access point, etc.).

For more than 18 years, BIRDZ has developed expertise in the field of radio and its digital applications (Internet of Things), for use by local authorities and manufacturers. Through its Smart City expertise, BIRDZ is able to use networks operated by third parties and to create a network architecture at the customer’s request, based on their needs and operational constraints.

BIRDZ understands the technological constraints involved in radio networks and energy metering activities, leaving its customers free to concentrate on the business use of their data.

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