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Medicine Hat Teams Up With Echologics and Bell to Address Leak Detection

By Katherine Balpataky 06:14AM April 16, 2018

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Echologics, supplier of permanent leak detection technology, announced that it will deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) Smart City solution over Bell’s broadband wireless network for the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The solution will wirelessly monitor the City’s water pipeline network to help reduce water loss and mitigate the cost of infrastructure failure.

More than 150 of Echologics’ EchoShore-DX smart nodes will be deployed throughout Medicine Hat’s water distribution network of existing fire hydrants to collect data and monitor water infrastructure for leaks. Supported by secure and reliable connectivity on Bell’s national network, the cloud-based data will allow Medicine Hat to make better-informed decisions about its water system.

“Medicine Hat considers utility sustainability a strategic and economic issue. This IoT approach to leak detection will enable us to take another big step forward by cutting water loss and enabling us to quickly address small problems,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, Environmental Utilities for the City of Medicine Hat. “We’re happy to partner with Echologics and Bell to bring this innovative IoT solution to our municipality.”

“We are proud to support Medicine Hat in this initiative, the first wide-scale project of its kind in Canada, to enable its sustainability objectives,” said Marc Bracken, Vice President and General Manager of Echologics. “Our solutions provide municipalities with the tools they need to make smarter decisions about their water infrastructure, help save time and money, and improve service for their citizens.”

“With our industry-leading broadband networks, Bell is enabling the next generation of networked IoT connectivity,” said Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s VP of Products and Services. “Our collaboration with Echologics reflects our comprehensive suite of Bell Smart City solutions that can be scaled for deployment across cities large and small to enable productivity, cost savings, and citizen engagement.”

According to Environment Canada, up to 15 per cent of the total water entering the country’s supply line system is lost to leaking pipes. By combining Echologics’ leak detection technology with Bell’s fast and reliable wireless network to transmit data, municipalities can reduce the amount of water loss, prioritize the repair and replacement of aging water infrastructure, and help ensure their citizens continue to have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Echologics is a Toronto-based engineering company that specializes in non-invasive acoustic detection of underground leaks and pipe condition assessment. It has conducted and completed projects in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Singapore

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