Smart Water Networks

Water Meters, Communications Infrastructure, and Data Analytics
for Water Distribution Networks: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Water infrastructure is in dire need of improvement. Many regions of the world do not have sufficient infrastructure for their population, and other areas face aging, degraded water mains that must be replaced. This, combined with increasing water scarcity, calls for a total replacement of drinking water distribution systems. Water consumption meters, traditionally inaccurate and with short lifespans, are being replaced in favor of communicating static meters with lifetimes as long as 10-20 years.

Smart water network infrastructure will continue to be slowly upgraded until 2023, when growth will accelerate. Old, inefficient meters will be replaced by automated meter reading (AMR) and, eventually, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters. By 2025, the total smart water meter installed base is expected to exceed 1.3 billion meters. The increasing installed base will promote the growth of other smart water technologies like network monitoring and control devices, data management systems, and robust communications infrastructure. According to Navigant Research, global revenue from smart water networks is projected to grow from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $7.2 billion in 2025.

This Navigant Research report examines the global market for smart water network products and services. The study analyzes the major market issues, including the business case for communicating water infrastructure, opportunities, and barriers to market expansion, related to smart water networks. Global market forecasts for installed capacity and revenue from meters and other smart water network technologies, segmented by technology, meter type, and region, extend through 2025. The report also examines the key technologies related to smart water networks, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • How has the market for water meters evolved since the introduction of communicating devices?
  • What are the advantages of implementing automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices?
  • Which major global regions will experience the fastest growth in smart water networks?
  • Which smart water technologies will be most important in each of the major global regions?
  • How can utilities and smart water product manufacturers ensure the continued adoption of smart water products?
Who needs this report?
  • Water utilities
  • Water meter vendors
  • Meter data management (MDM) software providers
  • Radio frequency (RF) communications hardware vendors
  • Water industry associations
  • Government and regulatory bodies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Overview

1.2  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1  Smart Water Infrastructure: Smart Meters and Beyond

2.1.1   The Water Distribution Network

2.2  Market Drivers

2.2.1   Water Scarcity

2.2.2   Leakage and Conservation

2.2.3   Aging Infrastructure

2.2.4   Non-Revenue Water

2.2.5   Utility Operations Savings

2.2.6   The Water-Energy Nexus

2.2.7   The Effects of Urbanization

2.3  Regulatory and Policy Trends

2.3.1   Examples of Water Metering Legislation and Policy

2.3.1.1  United States

2.3.1.2  Europe

2.4  Market Barriers

2.4.1   Finance

2.4.2   Risk Aversion

2.4.3   Consumer Attitudes

2.4.4   The Market Opportunity

2.5  Regional Trends and Case Studies

2.5.1   North America

2.5.2   Europe

2.5.3   Asia Pacific

2.5.4   Latin America

2.5.5   Middle East

2.5.6   Africa

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Definition of Smart Water Infrastructure

3.2  Components of Smart Water Infrastructure

3.3  Smart Water Metering Technology

3.3.1   Mechanical Water Meters

3.3.2   Static or Solid-State Meters

3.3.3   Meter Registers

3.3.4   Meter Encoders

3.3.5   AMI Modules

3.3.6   AMR

3.3.7   Headend Software

3.4  Communications

3.4.1   RF Communications

3.4.2   Network Topologies

3.4.2.1  Mesh Networks

3.4.2.2  Point-to-Point Networks

3.4.2.3  Cellular

3.4.3   ZigBee

3.5  Smart Water Network Management and Monitoring

3.5.1   Leak Detection

3.5.2   Intelligent Pressure Management

3.5.3   Water Quality Monitoring

3.6  Other Aspects of Water Management

3.6.1   Wastewater Recycle

3.6.2   Waste Heat Recapture

3.6.3   Stormwater Overflow and Diversion

3.7  Software

3.7.1   Data Analytics

3.7.2   Customer Data Portals

3.7.3   Integrated Water Management Suites

3.8  Standards

4. Key Industry Players

4.1  Meter Companies

4.1.1   Aclara

4.1.2   Arad Technologies/Master Meter

4.1.3   Badger Meter

4.1.4   Diehl Metering Group

4.1.5   Elster Group

4.1.6   Itron

4.1.7   Mueller

4.1.8   Neptune Technology Group

4.1.9   Sensus

4.2  Data Acquisition and Management Companies

4.2.1   Airborne Underwater Geophysical Signals

4.2.2   Arcadis

4.2.3   Arqiva

4.2.4   Cambrian Innovation

4.2.5   CH2M

4.2.6   Derceto

4.2.7   GE

4.2.8   Global Water Resources

4.2.9   i2O

4.2.10   OptiRTC

4.2.11   Oracle

4.2.12   Schneider Electric

4.2.13   Sentec

4.2.14   Siemens

4.2.15   TaKaDu

4.2.16   Veolia Peer Performance Solutions

4.2.17   Verizon

5. Market Forecasts

5.1  Global Smart Water Infrastructure Market

5.1.1   Smart Water Metering

5.1.2   Smart Water Network Technology and Management Software

5.2  Regional Market Forecasts

5.2.1   North America

5.2.2   Europe

5.2.3   Asia Pacific

5.2.4   Latin America

5.2.5   Middle East & Africa

5.3  Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Global Projected Water Stress in the Year 2040
  • Correlation between Water Intensity and Energy Intensity for a Variety of Industries
  • Mesh Network Configurations
  • Star Network Configurations
  • Non-Revenue Water Rates for Selected Cities, World Markets: 2012
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025

List of Tables

  • Water Use Intensity of Select Energy Conversion Process
  • Energy Metering Exclusions
  • Water Metering Exclusions
  • Non-Revenue Water Rates for Selected Cities, World Markets: 2012
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Cumulative Smart Water Networks Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Water Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Installed Base of All Water Meters by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Percentage of Water Meter Installed Base by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Water Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Meter Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Europe:  2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Meter Average Selling Price by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025

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