Mobile Future

New York City uses wireless to monitor liquid assets

A coalition of
state and national officials including New York City Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg, has devised a way for New
York City to cut taxpayer costs, stimulate the local
economy, and create jobs. The group says the implementation of new technology
will allow water meters to be read wirelessly and will help individuals and
businesses save millions of dollars each year simply by raising customer

Wireless water
meters will enable more frequent and accurate readings of water usage, allowing
customers to identify and cut out any wasted spending. Experts hope that the
estimated 90 million dollar a year savings, based on a ‘modest 5-10 percent
reduction in water use’ will be recycled into the local economy.

"This program is
the first in a series of initiatives leveraging this state-of-the-art network
on a citywide scale, creating significant cost savings for taxpayers and
agencies alike." – Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication
Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave

The new
technology will use radio signals to report water use every six hours. Usage
and costs can be tracked by individuals or businesses online, helping to
identify leaks and waste more readily. The switch over to wireless water meters
will cost the city an estimated $250 million dollars, and the installation will
be free of charge to property owners.  

While New York City
is currently the largest city in the world to embrace this technology other
cities like Tallahassee
are also using smart-metering programs for utility customers.  If
successful, it is likely more cities will be implementing similar digital
monitoring systems