On November 5, 2020, Toyohashi University of Technology, Tokyo Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and Kosai City concluded a basic agreement for joint research to be conducted as a government, industry, and academia collaboration that will collect, analyze, and leverage for business big data acquired from smart water meters, sensors, and other devices. The research results will be consolidated by the end of FY2023.
The joint research begins with smart water meters reading data automatically in the pilot areas which are the Chibata and Iride districts of Kosai city.
(Note) After smart water meters have been installed in the Chibata district (900 households), installation will then proceed in the Iride district.
Automatic meter reading makes it possible to employ communication technology utilizing smart water meters and Chubu Electric Power Group’s electric power communication network to construct an IoT system capable of acquiring real-time water usage and leakage data, which someone has conventionally had to ascertain from the meter on site.