Samotics data-driven systems provide Northern Ireland Water with real-time insights
Northern Ireland Water, providing water and sewerage services, expands its asset monitoring programme with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology from Dutch company Samotics. Their AI-driven SAM4 system will be deployed across Northern Ireland Water’s submerged assets to support the delivery of a more cost efficient and sustainable service.
Northern Ireland Water is a Government Owned Company (GoCo), set up in April 2007 to provide the water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland. They supply 560 million litres of clean water a day for almost 1.8 million people as well as treating 320 million litres of wastewater a day.
Samotics was initially selected by Northern Ireland Water to provide continuous insight into the health, performance and energy efficiency of its sewage pumps as part of a pilot. After seeing early successes in the programme, Northern Ireland Water plans to roll out the SAM4 system to additional sites to further explore all its capabilities across a variety of pump types and processes.
Paul Foley, M&E field manager at Northern Ireland Water said: “Northern Ireland Water has been adopting predictive maintenance at the problem sites. We selected Samotics and its SAM4 technology as it’s easy to install the hardware in our existing MCC panels, and because the SAM4 dashboard provides us with a lot of useful information."
Foley mentioned one example where SAM4 identified an issue with one of the submersible pumps located in a busy office carpark. "This insight helped me to plan crews, issue notifications and permits, as well as organise a 25-ton crane, which allowed us to lift and inspect the pump at the most optimal time, minimizing downtime and maintaining pump resilience.”
Zero carbon strategy
In addition to monitoring the health of critical assets, Samotics is also enabling Northern Ireland Water to track pump performance and efficiency in support of its ambitious zero carbon strategy. Using SAM4’s real-time pump performance curve and energy monitor, Northern Ireland Water can identify targeted interventions that improve energy efficiency with a demonstrable return on investment.
Jasper Hoogeweegen, chief executive officer at Samotics said: “We are delighted to be supporting Northern Ireland Water in its pursuit of securing long-term water infrastructure resilience. With SAM4, the team can now focus on utilizing real-time, data-driven insights to anticipate faults, improve performance and reduce carbon emissions of submerged pumps, enabling long-term reliability and efficiency of its critical infrastructure.”