Smart Water Networks

Smart Water Meters, Communications Infrastructure, Network Monitoring and Automation Technologies, and Data Management and Analytics: Market Analysis and Forecasts

The world’s water systems are under increasing pressure. Water utilities are relying on aging or inadequate infrastructure to meet growing demand, tough environmental targets, and increasing regulatory requirements. At the same time, utilities need to reduce non-revenue water losses and improve their operational efficiency. Smart water networks have an important role to play in addressing these challenges. They are also an intrinsic part of the transition of the water industry to a data-centric business that is able to maximize the benefits of intelligent devices, IT, and communications networks.

Smart water meters are a key component of smart water networks, but other monitoring and control technologies are becoming increasingly important for leak detection, pressure management, and water quality monitoring. The smart water networks market is attracting a wide range of new players and presenting established players with the opportunity to expand their business into new areas. Both sets of players face challenges in an industry that is hungry for change, but also conservative in its operations and restricted in its financial options. Navigant Research forecasts that the global smart water networks market will expand from $1.1 billion in annual revenue in 2013 to more than $3.3 billion in 2022.

This Navigant Research report examines the evolution of the smart water networks market, with a particular focus on drinking water systems. The study provides an analysis of the drivers and barriers for the transformation of the water industry, including technological, financial, environmental, and economic factors. Global market forecasts of shipments and revenue related to components of smart water networks, including water meters, smart meters, water network monitoring and control, data management and analytics, and communications infrastructure, extend through 2022. The report also assesses the competitive landscape and various approaches to smart water networks in different world regions and provides case studies of major smart water projects.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the main market drivers and barriers for the deployment of smart water networks?
  • What are the component technologies of a smart water network?
  • What are the key drivers and inhibitors for the adoption of smart water meters?
  • How do smart water meter deployments relate to other technologies for water management?
  • What are the unit shipment and revenue forecasts for smart water meters?
  • Who are the key players in the smart water networks market?
  • How large is the global smart water networks market?
Who needs this report?
  • Water utilities
  • Water meter manufacturers
  • Metering communications hardware and software vendors
  • Networking and communications vendors
  • Sensor technology providers
  • Industry associations and standards organizations
  • Government agencies and policymakers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Smart Water Networks and the Evolution of the Water Industry

1.2  The Elements of a Smart Water Network

1.3  Market Drivers

1.4  Market Dynamics

1.5  Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1  An Industry in Transformation

2.2  Smart Water Networks: An Introduction

2.2.1   What Is a Smart Water Network?

2.2.2   Becoming a Smart Industry

2.3  The Scope of This Report

2.4  Market Drivers

2.4.1   Water Scarcity

2.4.2   Aging Infrastructure

2.4.3   Leakage and Conservation

2.4.4   Non-Revenue Water

2.4.5   Utility Operations Savings

2.4.6   The Water-Energy Nexus

2.4.7   The Impact of Urbanization

2.4.8   Water Metering and Network Legislation and Policy

2.5  Market Barriers

2.5.1   Financing

2.5.2   Risk Aversion

2.5.3   Working with Water

2.5.4   Consumer Attitudes

2.5.5   Managing the Data

2.6  Market Dynamics

2.6.1   Key Players

2.6.2   The Battleground for Smart Water Networks

3. Regional Trends and Case Studies

3.1  North America

3.1.1   Overview

3.1.2   Washington, D.C.

3.1.3   Dubuque, Iowa

3.1.4   Albuquerque, New Mexico

3.1.5   San Francisco, California

3.2  Europe

3.2.1   Overview

3.2.2   European Union Policy

3.2.3   United Kingdom

3.2.3.1  Thames Water

3.2.4   Ireland

3.2.5   Malta

3.3  Asia Pacific

3.3.1   Overview

3.3.2   China

3.3.3   India

3.3.4   Southeast Asia

3.3.5   Australia

3.4  Rest of the World

3.4.1   Latin America

3.4.2   Middle East

3.4.3   Africa

4. Technology Issues

4.1  Components of the Smart Water Network

4.2  Smart Meters

4.2.1   Standard, Advanced, and Smart Meters

4.2.2   Measurement in Water Meters

4.2.2.1  Displacement

4.2.2.2  Velocity

4.2.2.3  Static or Solid-State Meters

4.2.3   Registers, Encoders, and Meter Interface Units

4.2.4   Automated Meter Reading

4.3  Smart Water Network Monitoring and Control Devices

4.3.1   Beyond Smart Meters

4.3.2   Leak Detection

4.3.2.1  Acoustic Sensors

4.3.2.2  Leak Noise Correlators

4.3.3   Pressure Management

4.3.4   Water Quality Monitoring

4.3.5   Automation and Control: SCADA

4.4  Smart Water Communications Networks and Infrastructure

4.4.1   RF Mesh Networks

4.4.2   RF Point-to-Multipoint (Star) Networks

4.4.3   Private RF Point-to-Multipoint Systems

4.4.4   Cellular

4.5  Software: Data Management and Analytics

4.5.1   Meter Data Management

4.5.2   Smart Water Analytics

4.5.3   Customer Portals

4.5.4   Integrated Water Management Suites

4.6  Security

4.7  Standards

5. Key Industry Players

5.1  Aclara (ESCO Technologies)

5.2  American Water Works Association (AWWA)

5.3  Arad/Master Meter

5.4  Arqiva

5.5  Badger Meter

5.6  Capgemini

5.7  CH2M HILL

5.8  Elster Group

5.9  Homerider Systems (Veolia Water)

5.10   i2O Water

5.11   IBM

5.12   Itron

5.13   Mueller Systems

5.14   Neptune Technology Group

5.15   Oracle

5.16   OSIsoft

5.17   Pure Technologies

5.18   Schneider Electric

5.19   Sensus

5.20   TaKaDu

5.21   The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN Forum)

6. Market Forecasts

6.1  The Smart Water Networks Market

6.2  Global Forecast

6.2.1   Technology Markets

6.2.2   Smart Water Meter Market

6.3  Regional Markets for Smart Water Networks

6.3.1   North America

6.3.2   Europe

6.3.3   Asia Pacific

6.3.4   Latin America

6.3.5   Middle East & Africa

6.4  Conclusions and Recommendations

7. Company Directory
8. Acronym and Abbreviation List
9. Table of Contents
10. Table of Charts and Figures
11. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Smart Water Networks Annual Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Non-Revenue Water Rates for Selected Cities
  • Smart Water Networks Annual Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Annual Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Annual Revenue by Meter Type, World Markets:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, North America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2013-2022
  • Standard International Water Association Water Balance
  • Mesh Network Configurations
  • Star Network Configurations

List of Tables

  • Non-Revenue Water Rates for Selected Cities
  • Smart Water Networks Annual Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Cumulative Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Annual Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Water Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Installed Base of All Water Meters by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Percentage of Water Meter Installed Base by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Water Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Meter Type, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Annual Revenue by Meter Type, World Markets:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, North America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, North America:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Europe: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Europe:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Asia Pacific: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Asia Pacific:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Latin America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Latin America:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Middle East & Africa: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Revenue by Meter Type, Middle East & Africa:  2013-2022
  • Smart Water Meter Average Selling Price by Meter Type and Region, World Markets: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, North America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2013-2022
  • Smart Water Networks Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2013-2022

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