Water loss reduction is often the primary motivation for investing in a central event management (CEM) solution. And its benefits are felt across the board, in terms of water, cost, and time savings, not to mention overall customer service.
But despite its name, central event management is about far more than managing events; it’s also about improving the network and monitoring infrastructure.
Because the CEM system detects most events, such as leaks, pressure problems, degraded water quality and faulty sensors, early in their evolution, utilities can stop operating in 'fire-fighting' mode. Instead, they have the opportunity to fix problems before other indications are available.
But no matter how good the CEM system and event detection is, there will always be sections of the network that do not function well, rendering the utility blind to asset failure monitoring and events detection in those areas. These blind-spot sections are typically 10-20% of the network, or even more, so ignoring them means you are leaving money on the table.
To combat that, TaKaDu has defined three predictive management steps that are relatively simple to perform on a regular basis, and that yield high impact on your physical network and on your ability to pick up on meaningful events.
The three steps we recommend are:
• Identifying DMAs that need to be improved
• Identifying sensors that need to be improved
• Identifying missing or incorrectly configured sensors
Whether taking those steps is possible and what they involve will depend on the specific CEM solution you’re using, though with the TaKaDu CEM solution, they are quite easy.
To better understand what these steps are, their benefits and how to execute, read our in-depth article. In addition to practical pointers, we provide a succinct explanation of the added value of predictive network management, describing how you can, and should get more out of your CEM solution.