METRO REGION WORKING GROUP
The Metro Region Working Group is made up of the IWN Champions from:
- City West Water
- Melbourne Water
- South East Water
- Yarra Valley Water.
The Metro Region Working Group leader is Tanya Pearson from Yarra Valley Water.
The Metro team are participating in broader trials like Utilis satellite leak detection and Digital Metering Risk Assessment. They are also considering a number of initiatives for trial including:
ROVs for tank cleaning
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have the potential to provide more efficient and effective cleaning and inspection of potable water tanks while still online.
Robot cleaning is a possible solution to cleaning tanks that cannot be taken offline for cleaning and/or do not have sufficient access for divers. For tanks where diver cleaning is possible, the use of ROVs could provide a safer alternative. The Metro group have prepared a strategic assessment proposing an IWN trial of the Panton McLeod technology from the UK.
If you are interested in participating in this trial, express your interest to Tanya Pearson.
Melbourne Water and South East Water are independently trialing the use of cyber keys for access to operational sites. The Salto security solution being trialed uses RFID (radio-frequency identification) for key identification – in contrast to key contact locking systems. Issues with key contact systems include reliability of the hardware in harsh environments.
There are a number of potential benefits for cyber keys compared to current key management systems. If the solution is suitable for multiple utilities, this could present a joint procurement opportunity.