IT services company Capgemini has launched an off-the-shelf software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that will allow utilities to deploy radio water meters and the associated networking equipment. The Smart Water Services Platform is based on the company’s Smart Energy Services (SES) platform, which leverages Capgemini’s 10 years of smart metering experience.
The company maintains that the Smart Water Services Platform is the only one that can demonstrate an end-to-end, integrated workflow for radio water metering. It includes program planning, meter rollout and operations through to maintenance and analysis of water consumption. Being an SaaS solution, pricing is based on usage and utilities will have low initial costs and quick implementation.
Capgemini is another company putting a lot of effort into trying to win smart meter implementation business, although most of the activity to date is aimed at electricity meters. The company says that its Smart Energy Services solutions have helped over 43 million utilities customers worldwide with 30 smart meter and smart grid programs, and it has more than 8,000 people involved in delivering these services. On the other hand it also faces a lot of competition around the world – Capgemini’s experience to date is mostly in Scandinavia.
What struck me is that, for this water meter service, delivery is through a Software-as-a-Service delivery model, an aspect of what is also known as utility computing. Seems quite apt.