Monitoring leaks with smarter detection systems

As a provider of pipeline monitoring solutions, Syrinix combines network monitoring equipment with a cloud-based data platform and advisory analysis and management services. Its solutions are designed to identify issues on water networks, enabling utilities to reduce failures and extend asset life, as James Dunning, CEO of Syrinix, shares more with Water & Wastewater Asia.

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Firstly, can you share with us an overview of the water monitoring market, and the growth opportunities you see in Asia-Pacific?
James Dunning:
The range of commercial contexts that exist in the Asia-Pacific water sector is greater perhaps than in any other market. In Japan and Singapore, non-revenue water is comfortably below 10% with technology adoption, and inter-supplier competition, front and centre in water and wastewater management. Elsewhere, however, the commercial context is very different with non-revenue water exceeding 40% in some areas with 300 million lacking access to water and 1.5 billion lacking basic sanitation.

With that range of contexts, and not just when comparing countries but within countries as well, terms like “smart” suddenly have a broad range of meanings. Real-time turbidity monitoring may be a key “smart” requirement for some whilst for others “smart” will comprise connecting clients and being able to bill.

In terms of the water monitoring market, the result is an exciting market with significant growth potential. Whilst innovators, such as Singapore’s PUB, will undoubtedly remain at the forefront, other countries are looking to accelerate their water infrastructure investment and, within that, to move immediately to advanced monitoring backed by significant investment. India’s Smart Cities initiative is, of course, a prime example of that though urbanisation and, with it, investment, continues across the region.

How will you rate the speed of digital transformation within the water sector? Particularly for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), how do you see these technologies play in this transformation?
Dunning:
The cliché is of course that the water sector moves very slowly in terms of innovating. It is often forgotten, however, that what the water sector does in terms of delivering water and removing wastewater is a huge undertaking delivered successfully with most people giving it no thought. With a “day job” at that scale, innovation is never going to be rapid but that does not mean it is absent either.

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