Utilities face growing challenges. Those challenges include environmental compliance, climate variability, aging infrastructure networks, financial shortages, and labor efficiencies are the uppermost concerns of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. Mitigating those concerns is accomplished through incorporating technology that improves productivity, quality, safety, reliability, and sustainability.
As with many utilities, SFPUC is tasked with monitoring a variety of factors. Its environmental monitoring program is driven by regulatory compliance, calibration of the city-wide hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) model, the establishment of repair and rehabilitation prioritization, and real-time operational decision support. Other factors include an early warning from collection system to plant operations, pre-development monitoring for upgrades, and forensic analysis of wet-weather and storm effects.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
As the third largest municipal utility in California, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) provides three essential utility services: water, wastewater, and electric power. Its stated mission is “to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.”
Trimble's Telog family of Internet of Things (IoT) wireless battery-powered data recorders enable utilities to collect, monitor, and manage water and environmental data collected from the field, and access the information via the web and mobile applications for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
Trimble Telog Enterprise software securely captures and centrally stores remote monitoring data, processes alarms, and alerts, and allows data access for third-party software.
It's alarm-based messaging activates when rain or flow has exceeded a critical threshold, assists in the decision-making process, and tracks the correlation between multiple data sets or trends in real-time, supporting environmental compliance and reporting.
Other advantages it offers include, using a radio network managed by Verizon and Spring. Additionally, the solution provided a lower total cost of ownership in contrast to traditional SCADA technologies.
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