Smart Molde and InfoTiles - Regional cooperation for smart use of data

The regional cooperation on water is now underway, with recognition and support from the National Institute of Public Health. 

Collaboration for a sustainable social development through innovation and new technology 

Smart Molde contributes to Molde and the region becoming a more sustainable society. In collaboration with business, academia, volunteering, citizens and the public sector, the focus is on creating better solutions for everyone. 

The approach is that the needs of the inhabitants are always taken as a starting point, and that sustainable methods and solutions are used to make Molde a better place to live, live and work. 

Overall, more value will be created from municipal data across systems and actors. This value should not only benefit the municipal administration, but also provide benefits for residents, businesses and the environment. 

Good, coherent and user-adapted services for the municipality's residents, increasing opportunities for value creation in the business community and having a more efficient municipal operation is what we work to achieve,

Coordinator for Smart Molde, Mette Jane Holand. 

 

More water for every penny 

One of the main focus areas is Smart Water. Here, methods and technologies are explored for being able to register, transfer and analyse data from all elements in the drinking water, with a focus on digital water meters.  

InfoTiles used as the nexus for all data 

InfoTiles is the platform for handling data from smart water meters, sensors and domain systems all in one place. 

The purpose of the data platform is to scale up the use of smart water meters, by expanding and further developing the scope and establishing an operating model for the data platform,

explains project manager in Smart data, Jørgen Gravdehaug Stensby. 

 

The data platform will initially have a special focus on how the technology can be used to map and repair leaks on the drinking water network, in addition to monitoring the Molde River. 

Joint solution for the region and Norway 

A collaboration between Molde municipality, Ålesund municipality, ROR-IKT and InfoTiles to get all this in place. 

The initiative will lay the foundation for an inter-municipal water cooperation in Møre og Romsdal, with a focus on mapping and repairing leaks on the drinking water network. This is a joint solution that all municipalities and cities can benefit from. 

says general manager of InfoTiles, Johnny Alexander Gunneng

 

Recognition and support from the National Institute of Public Health 

The National Institute of Public Health are supporting the project since it will contribute to a more innovative and smart water management. New solutions will now be tested, and work will be done on knowledge building and collaboration in the pursuit of ensuring the delivery of safe and sustainable drinking water to the inhabitants. 

We will do this by using the data platform to receive sensor data from, among other things, water meters that will be used to get a better overview and control of leaks in the water network.

says Stensby. 

 

There are several technologies that will now be explored in the work ahead: 

  •  Water meters: Experience from previous tests shows that water meters that transmit data over NB-IoT, LoRaWAN or other technology are less mature than first thought. Technology from various suppliers will be tested and improve the knowledge base for later purchasing and roll-out. 
  • Data platform: Handles data from water meters and other sources as well as models for analysing data. This activity also includes IoT reception. 
  • Water leaks: Demonstrate that the platform makes it possible to track water consumption and any leaks in a limited area. 

In previous pilots, we have confirmed several important steps to make Molde municipality a data- and fact-driven municipality. We have received confirmation of how we can send data from open sensors to a data platform where we have control over the data at all stages. This experience has been very important for a further investment in big data.

explains the general manager of Molde water and sewerage, Bjarte Koppen. 

 

 Increased investment going forward to create a smart municipality and region 

- There is now a close collaboration between Molde and Ålesund for the transfer of experience and possible scaling, as well as other municipalities in the county that want to participate. The technology and methods we develop must be transferable to other municipalities, says project manager Jørgen Gravdehaug Stensby. 

 

Collaborating with a region like Møre og Romsdal on water and the smart city area is incredibly rewarding. Here we have a region that really focuses on innovation to deliver better services to its citizens.

says Gunneng in InfoTiles. 

 

 

If you want to know more about this, feel free to contact:  

Smart Molde 

Mette Jane Holand 

Innovation and Change Manager 

+47 900 17 957 

mette.holand@molde.kommune.no