Press Release

Press Release

Joint Research Project Begins with Smart Water Meters Reading Data Automatically

August 24, 2021
Toyohashi University of Technology
Tokyo Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.
Kosai City

On November 5, 2020, Toyohashi University of Technology, Tokyo Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and Kosai City concluded a basic agreement for joint research to be conducted as a government, industry, and academia collaboration that will collect, analyze, and leverage for business big data acquired from smart water meters, sensors, and other devices. The research results will be consolidated by the end of FY2023.

The joint research begins with smart water meters reading data automatically in the pilot areas which are the Chibata and Iride districts of Kosai city.




Installation begins

Operation begins

Chibata and Iride districts


September 2021

December 1, 2021

(Note) After smart water meters have been installed in the Chibata district (900 households), installation will then proceed in the Iride district.

Automatic meter reading

Automatic meter reading makes it possible to employ communication technology utilizing smart water meters and Chubu Electric Power Group’s electric power communication network to construct an IoT system capable of acquiring real-time water usage and leakage data, which someone has conventionally had to ascertain from the meter on site.



Smart water meter initiative

Data utilization

Water usage and other big data transmitted by smart water meters along with a range of other data obtained in real time may be used for water quality control, facility upgrades, and other maintenance and management as well as ensuring a safe and stable water supply (Note 1).

(Note 1) Toyohashi University of Technology, Tokyo Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and Kosai City will acquire, analyze, and process data acquired from smart water meters in conducting this collaborative research project through a government, industry, and academia partnership to study advances in water quality control and asset management.

Improved service

Digital transformation (DX) is promoted through the use of smart water meters, SMS, and other devices to provide detailed and specific information to users and connect with electronic applications, payments, and other services. (Note 2)

(Note 2) The installation of smart water meters is set to begin with the Kawashiri, Gota, and Sumiyoshi Higashi (partial) housing complexes and then move consecutively on to other municipal housing units.

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