Water companies “have more flexibility” to try out new smart technologies compared to energy suppliers.
Jeremy Heath, Network Manager at Sutton and East Surrey Water told ELN he believes innovation is more likely to come out of the water sector within the next five years.
He said: “When you’re at a party, you’re going to have a lounge which is where people know who they’re with, they settle down there gazing into each other’s eyes. Any party you go to there’s a kitchen which is where people who haven’t met up with anybody are circulating around – Who’s there? Who’s available? What’s going on? I see the water industry as very firmly in the kitchen.
“We are looking around at all the suppliers out there at the moment and all the suppliers are looking at us and we’re all looking at the door to see who else is coming through. And the thing is there’s lots of new technologies coming through at the moment – lots of very innovative stuff. The ability for the people in energy to get up from where they are, walk out of that room and choose a new different solution is minimal. But the water companies can do that.”
ELN will be staging a special webinar looking into ‘smart’ data and the issues today – Wednesday March 12th at 1400.