The world’s water resources are under pressure from increased population growth, expansion of business activity in the developing world, rapid urbanization, climate changes and depleting aquifers from heavy agricultural irrigation. This is forcing the need to better manage our fresh water resources and how we treat and re-cycle wastewater by creating Smart Water systems. Water system operators will need to implement automation and SCADA controls to more efficiently operate their infrastructure. Many of the facilities that need to be monitored and controlled are located in distant and hard to reach locations, and will be out of reach of traditional terrestrial communications solutions.
A TSAT satellite solution will enable water system operators to cost-effectively and reliably connect their remote assets to enable SCADA applications such as:
- Monitoring pressure, level, temperatures etc.
- On-line metering of large industrial consumers
- Controlling pumps, valves and compressors
- Water treatment and purification
- Detecting leaks or other non-technical losses
- Site security and access control
Due to the critical nature of many of these remote sites, having redundant communications solutions is a must in order to maintain continued operations, in case of a comms failure. If the primary communications infrastructure is based on terrestrial communications technology, it makes sense to select satellite. Satellite generally is not affected by the circumstances that cause terrestrial communications to fail.
By deploying a TSAT based solution water system operators will be realizing important benefits such as:
- Low recurring cost, since TSAT enables tailoring of satellite bandwidth to actual application throughout requirements.
- Improved cyber security, since TSAT is implemented as private network, not connected to the internet.
- Maximum uptime, since TSAT networks can be implemented with geo-redundant and load-sharing HUBs.