Canal de Isabel II and Madrid Smart Region: Innovating for citizens

Remote water meter reading using NB-IoT communications technology reinforces commitment and proximity to citizens, drives the digital transformation of the company and positions Canal de Isabel II as a benchmark amongst water operators. The project forms part of its quest to turn the Autonomous Community of Madrid into a Smart Region.

By the end of 2020, Canal de Isabel II will have implemented remote reading for 175,000 water meters and the company’s mass deployment plan envisages extending this to a million and a half meters by 2024. Remote reading with NB-IoT is now a reality at Canal de Isabel II. Now that all the validations, studies and tests have been completed, the company is firmly committed to Narrow BandInternet of Things (NB-IoT) communications for the remote reading of its water meters. The interest aroused by these announcements was manifest during the 2nd Seminar on NB-IoT and Remote Water Meter Reading, held on January 16 last.

Over 250 people attended the event from all related sectors: 46 water operators, 17 technology and communications companies, 15 water meter manufacturers, the big telecommunications operators, submetering companies, financial services enterprises, universities, the Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS), the Spanish National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC), and a number of media outlets. At the seminar, experts from Canal de Isabel II, its subsidiary Canal de Comunicaciones, Emacsa and Global Omnium, along with representatives from the large telecoms: Vodafone, Telefónica and Orange; as well as electronic meter manufacturer Contazara, presented their most recent experiences and the breakthroughs achieved in the area of remote meter reading through Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NBIoT) communications technology.

The deployment plans of water operators and telephony service providers were presented, along with the different remote reading implementation strategies of water utilities and the future service models of the telecommunications operators. There was also discussion of the status of the e-SIM and the role it will play as in facilitating extension of equipment life beyond the duration of connectivity contracts entered into with telecommunications operators. In this context, the issue of portability is of particular importance to public water utilities.



Jaime Flores Cabeza
Head of Research & Innovation, Sub-directorate of R&D&i, Canal de Isabel II


Published in: FuturENVIRO #67 February 2020