The communities of Timor-Leste often fall short in water supply, especially during the dry season, representing a terrible setback in the daily lives of the population. Water is an essential resource not just for everyday activities but also for agriculture and livestock, of which the population is highly dependent.
With the aim to improve the lives of several communities, Simile and WaterAid Timor-Leste implemented a smart metering system which captures and analyses data in real-time to send actionable alerts to water managers and communities about their water usage.
In August 2019, Similie started the implementation of an intelligent and affordable smart metering system that collects data through Similie’s IoT device Ai, which transmits data to One, Similie’s cloud platform. The data is analysed and alerts are sent to the community and water managers for prompt action. This project is a first of its kind for community scale water supply systems both in terms of technology and as a commercially viable private sector enterprise in emerging markets.
The cloud-based water supply monitoring system allows water managers, communities and institutions that have access to real-time water supply information to help them detect and respond to issues before water supply services are disrupted.
This project is showing it is possible to monitor supply system performance and undertake early detection of system maintenance issues through low cost, 3G enabled technologies, and cloud-based computing.