ST Engineering launches BrightCity smart water solution to help cities transform water infrastructures

Singaporean multinational technology and engineering group ST Engineering’s Urban Solutions business has launched BrightCity, a suite of integrated smart water advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) solutions.

Its product suite will be showcased at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) from 18-22 Jun 2024 at ST Engineering booth #K15, and at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference and expo (ACE24), California, US, from 10-13 Jun 2024.

Cities worldwide grapple with ageing water infrastructure, insufficient real-time operational data, and fragmented smart water meter systems that create data silos. In response, BrightCity offers a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for smart water meter monitoring and control, applicable to both large-scale brownfield and greenfield deployments.

“BrightCity is the result of a robust engineering, overcoming current water AMI limitations,” said head of smart utilities and infrastructure, urban solutions, ST Engineering, Gareth Tang. “By digitalising conventional water meters infrastructure at scale, BrightCity provides real-time insights, empowering utility providers and end users to manage water consumption effectively and enhance sustainability.”

The key components of the BrightCity product suite are its MIU, which isdesigned in a compact form factor and can be easily attached to existing meters to provide wireless communications connectivity for digitalised data collection and transmission to a centralised Meter Data Management System (MDMS). The meter-agnostic MIUs are compatible with most water meter brands, eliminating the need for costly equipment replacement, and are suitable for brownfield and greenfield implementations. They can also be paired with other monitoring devices to provide a full water utility solution.

The BrightCity MDMS integrates and centralises real-time data from meters to enable automated, end-to-end monitoring and control of cities’ metering infrastructures over large areas. Its encrypted data management system enables secured data collection, trend analysis and provides real-time alerts. The insights derived can be extrapolated for predictive water leakage detection, enabling enhanced water management. 

BrightCity is also designed to work on open wireless communications networks such as NBIoT/ CatM and LoRa. This eliminates communications network and equipment lock-in to enable greater flexibility over multiple deployments.  The customer portal and mobile application provides end users with real-time water consumption readings and comparison benchmarks to help them better manage water usage and detect unusual consumption patterns.

Designed to address challenges faced by cities and utility providers, BrightCity aims to empower data-driven water optimisation (Image: Business Times)