Using digital tools at the service of the environment

Digital technology is an efficient way to approach the environmental issues facing our customers around the world. We constantly innovate, to support their initiatives to improve the performance of their facilities.
Challenges

Increasing efficiency and performance in resource management

Optimizing the management of flows in real time
Constantly monitoring networks
Anticipating incidents
Our innovations

Monitoring water networks 24 /7

The Smart Operation Centre, or SOC, was opened in March 2015. It’s the first center to supervise all the new Smart Water and Smart Metering services developed by us.
Smart Operation Center-SUEZ

“An essential link in the performance intelligent solutions, the SOC will oversee all communication devices applied to the environment to better support our customers in the sustainable management of their resources”

Pierre AndradeDeputy CEO Water France of SUEZ, in charge of digital and transformation

Always watching the water networks for maximum effectiveness

Leaks, meter failures, pressure drops, etc. are all part of the day to day of water systems. All the data produced by smart tools are now centralized and reported to the SOC in real time. Malfunctions are detected immediately, the operators are informed and the incidents can be resolved quickly.

A new way of processing data

The SOC can process more than one billion items of information per month, offers unequalled standards in performance management when it’s applied to the environment. It provides local authorities with a global and ultra-precise view of their water network through the recovery and prioritization of reliable and up-to-date data. Every customer can precisely define their priorities and control its own water network in an optimized way.

The Smart Operation Centre in figures

  • 50 million radio frame collected per day
  • 3,5 million smart meters monitored
  • 4,500 receivers monitored
  • 3,500 user support demands per year
  • 3,000 in the field or remote inspections carried out per year

Helping cities make the shift to digital

Today’s smart meters are capable of remote communications and are part of the industrial internet of things. Our ON’connect system is a next-generation, long-range radio network that connects and serves cities and the people who live there.
Helping cities to make the shift to digital

"Digital technology is a key lever in the preservation of resources that will be essential to our future, in view of demographic and urban growth, adaptation to climate change and regional development."

Bertrand CamusChief Executive Officer of SUEZ

ON’connect is a tried and tested technology used to connect objects on a large scale in complete security and to collect and process mass amounts of data for city authorities, from the metering of water and energy, to air quality, the content of voluntary bring skips, humidity, noise and traffic levels.

The internet of things comes to the city

The latest generation of long-range radio networks is well suited to use in smart cities. They offer improved performance for the connection of objects that are not readily accessible (underground, in deep cellars, without an electrical power supply) and require only minimal equipment. Our long-range network, which operates at a frequency of 169MHz, is also two-way, interoperable and meets the European standard EN13757.

500 urban customers already

The ON’connect technology is already used by numerous cites in France and other countries. The Water Service Corporation in Malta, the island’s water utility, has opted for ON’connect to operate its 250,000 smart meters in order to cope with the shortage of water that the country regularly faces. In Biarritz, our remote reading service is used to predict the population change in the town on the basis of water consumption data, in an effort to boost the resort’s appeal, keep track of consumption and anticipate the occupancy rates of tourist accommodation and second homes. And finally, 17,000 smart water meters have already been deployed in the French city of Mulhouse.

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Accelerating the transition to the circular economy with the help of blockchain

CircularChain, the circular economy blockchain designed by SUEZ, meets the growing need for transparency and trust with regard to the health and environmental quality of secondary raw materials. It is a concrete solution that promotes material reuse and recycling.

"CircularChain is designed to be an open, flexible platform. In the future it will be able to process any flow associated with the circular economy."

Antoine Le FeuvreCEO Digital Solutions for Citizens, Consumers and Companies at SUEZ Smart & Environmental Solutions

Using treatment sludge in agriculture: a first use case

Every year in France, reusing sludge from wastewater treatment by spreading it on agricultural soil avoids the production of 35,000 tonnes of synthetic nitrogen and the mining of 30,000 tonnes of phosphorus. A true virtuous circle, reusing sludge in this way supports agriculture and limits transport and water costs. This reduces the carbon footprint of both water treatment and agriculture and combats the depletion of organic matter in the soil.

Since we are convinced that putting organic matter back in the soil is more virtuous than using exclusively chemicals and mining products, we transform organic waste into agricultural soil amendments.   

Thanks to blockchain, the traceability of the organic matter is now 100% secure, shared and transparent. The first use of blockchain in this sector, the CircularChain solution designed by SUEZ reassures both sludge producers and farmers by offering more control over the traceability of their agricultural recovery channels.

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