Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced a major investment in using smart technology to accelerate the growth of sustainability and water utility efficiency. One of the programs will see the country partnering with Olea Edge Analytics in a four-month pilot program to deploy technology to over 25 large and commercial water meters in the area.
Water meters can sometimes undercount water usage, allowing some large users to consume more than they pay for; as a result, the government has potentially lost millions of dollars in revenue from such users. With this initiative, the Miami-Dade Countym along with Olea Edge, aim to recover the lost revenue while improving the water utility infrastructure.
“We are always hunting for ways to leverage novel technology to enhance our sustainability,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Through this pilot project with Olea Edge, we will protect one of our most valuable resources — water, reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars.”
The Meter Health Analytics from Olea Edge Analytics will provide the water department with systems to monitor the water meters of 25 large customers. It is assumed that under normal conditions, commercial water meters can lose accuracy by more than 10% per year. However, replacing these water meters every year can be a complex task for large-scale users. With Olea Edge Analytics, Miami-Dade County aims to optimize metering and associated services to ensure revenue for the delivered water is realized.
Olea Edge has already proved to be an efficient solution for promoting sustainability and tracking water utility by successfully collaborating with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. The $3.9M partnership was recently expanded to recover millions of dollars in revenue for the utility by monitoring high-value water meters.
“The drive for innovation and upgrading aging water infrastructure with advanced smart city technology is growing faster than ever before,” said Dave Mackie, Olea Edge Analytics founder, and CEO.
Olea Edge has been providing real-time water-meter reading with high accuracy using several sensors that incorporate AI capabilities. The company leverages edge computing through the deployed edge devices that report insights, data, and recommendations on restoring the optimal equipment performance and effective water meter reading.
“Our pilot with Olea Edge will help us better understand these challenges and identify solutions through the use of AI and edge computing,” said Roy Coley, Director of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. “Our goal is to ensure large users of water pay their fair share, recover revenue, and advance sustainability goals.”
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