Embedded Connectivity for Sustainable Water Use

13.09.2021 by Pauline Batzer

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Water is a valuable resource, especially in southern countries. Deutsche Telekom provides Internet of Things technology to facilitate more sustainable water use in many application areas.

With over ten hours of sunshine per day and a mere 5.6 mm of rain per square meter, July is traditionally a particularly hot and dry month in Spain, and without a doubt the Iberian peninsula is generally one of the regions in Europe that are most severely affected by high temperatures. Not for nothing does its interior include some of the continent’s largest deserts. Germany, by comparison, has only three hours of sunlight less and more than 75 mm of rainfall in July. Small wonder that water is regarded as very valuable in many parts of Spain. Using this vital commodity economically and sustainably is a top priority for inhabitants and enterprises alike, both in residential and business premises and in agriculture. Jointly with Hidroconta, a specialist in hydraulic irrigation, Deutsche Telekom delivers the solution to this challenge: smart water meters and irrigation systems with embedded connectivity that make water use possible that is more transparent, more sustainable and more comfortable.

Smart Products for the Entire World

Hidroconta, headquartered in Murcia in the southeast of Spain, is specialized in manufacturing water meters and irrigation systems. Its customers include facility management companies and agricultural enterprises in southern and northern Europe and, in future, the Americas. To measure water consumption in buildings Hidroconta employees used to have to read the meters on-site, while agricultural companies lacked the transparency needed to optimize the water supply to their plantations and to organize it more sustainably. That is why Hidroconta developed smart meters connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) to solve these problems. For connectivity the company relies on Deutsche Telekom expertise.

Cloud Connection Ensures More Transparency

The new smart meters and irrigation systems send water consumption data via NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) to the connected cloud platform – automatically, encrypted and at regular intervals. Hidroconta customers can view data via the platform at any time from anywhere. Agricultural enterprises can also specify individual irrigation times remotely and thereby regulate water supply efficiently. This functionality is based on Deutsche Telekom's embedded SIMs. The manufacturer solders the tiny MFF2 SIM cards to its hardware’s circuit boards during its water meters’ and irrigation systems’ production process. The principle is known as embedded connectivity. Deutsche Telekom, a global front runner in this sector, recommended the solution to Hidroconta because it offers the company and its customers many advantages:

  • The product design is more consistent because no slot is required for a standard SIM card.
  • Products are more secure because the SIM cannot slip or drop out.
  • The logistics is simpler because Hidroconta does not need to ship SIM cards and hardware separately.
  • The manufacturer can manage its products better because each SIM is assigned to a specific device.
  • Products are easier to use for the customer because he doesn’t have to insert the SIM himself.

World’s Best Connectivity

Deutsche Telekom’s connectivity offering includes a SIM management platform that enables Hidroconta to monitor SIMs globally on the Internet, to activate or deactivate individual SIM cards and to set up regional tariffs for different territories. That was another reason why the manufacturer opted for Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom’s strong global presence enables Hidroconta to expand in a targeted manner and to extend its offering internationally. In the U.S., for example, it has the T-Mobile US network at its disposal. And in countries where Hidroconta has to or would like to use other providers’ networks, comprehensive roaming agreements enable Deutsche Telekom to provide optimal connectivity. So Hidroconta has a strong partner in all of the countries that are important for it now or will be important in the future.

Hidroconta and Deutsche Telekom demonstrate with their solutions how the Internet of Things and embedded connectivity can help utilize valuable resources more efficiently and sustainably. Modern technologies and smart products not only contribute to improving ease of use for consumers and optimizing processes. They can also help to conserve the environment.

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Pauline Batzer
Pauline Batzer

Project Manager IoT

Since 2015, Pauline has been passionate about the variety of the IoT world. She has gained a lot of experience with the Internet of Things from different perspectives by working with customers, partners, and start-up companies. For the Telekom IoT blog she writes about technological trends, products, and innovations in the Internet of Things which are implemented in different industries.