Instrumentation and control

City functions can be made "smart" through technologies we call Enablers. As a Technology Enabler, Instrumentation and Control is one of the digital underpinnings of a smart city as you'll read in this section.

Modernizing the Grid in Orangeburg, SC with Distribution Feeder Automation

Fri, 2014-06-27 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities installed distribution feeder technology from Council Associate Partner Siemens to ensure a reliable power supply to an Ibuprofen plant, an anchor of the economy in the Orangeburg area. Click for a video on how the system is working.

Itron Technology Helps Town of Olds Recover Lost Water Revenue and Achieve Conservation Goals

Sat, 2014-05-10 11:12 -- SCC Staff

When a water audit found 39% of the water coming through the Town of Olds' supply line couldn’t be accounted for, it appeared leak repairs might recover enough water to delay the need for expensive infrastructure expansion. The town deployed an Itron system with strategically placed acoustic sensors to analyze sound patterns, detecting new, evolving and pre-existing leaks automatically. Click to read about the revenue savings that resulted.

The Road to R900 RF Technology Leads to More Actual Reads and Proof of Consumption

Tue, 2014-05-06 12:46 -- SCC Staff

The utility serving Madison, Tennessee used to read its water meters manually every other month, estimating usage in intervening months. Even so, the process took eight to 10 readers, in four to five cars, more than 20 hours. After switching to RF technology from Neptune Technology Group, it now takes two days, two readers and one truck -- and those are just some of the benefits.