92000 water sensors transmit with 0G in Sao Paulo

Major IoT project for Sigfox network operator WND in Brazil: Sabesp delivers 92,000 smart water meters that communicate with the Sigfox 0G network

  • Sigfox 0G network allows simple and efficient connection of smart water meters
  • One of the largest global water service providers relies on IoT
  • Network operator WND positions itself as professional infrastructure and solutions provider

Sao Paulo, Brazil / Paris, France – 18 May 2021 – Sabesp, one of the largest water and wastewater service providers in the world, announced today that it has successfully completed the implementation of 100,000 smart water meters with Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The project, one of the largest in Latin America, introduces telemetering of water consumption to Sabesp’s 100,000 largest consumers in the São Paulo metropolitan region.

The Metrolink consortium is delivering the project and consists of Laager and Vita Ambiental, which won the contract following a competitive tender process launched by Sabesp in late 2018.

WND’s Sigfox 0G network was the communication technology selected by Sabesp for more than 92,000 of the total connected water meters. WND is the exclusive operator of the Sigfox technology in Brazil. Sigfox technology enables wireless and cost-effective data transport over long distances with minimal energy consumption. The devices operate for at least five years without the need to change or recharge the battery.

Telemetering – the remote reading of meters – automates the process of measuring water consumption. The task used to be done manually once a month and can now be done several times a day. In addition to measurement, the system also generates alarms and important statistics about the operation of the entire water network. All these new features provide reliability, transparency and savings to consumers, as well as unprecedented operational efficiency for Sabesp.

Ricardo Batista, Sabesp’s department manager and responsible for the project, comments, “The project was Sabesp’s large-scale adoption of the IoT concept. With the new technology, our customers can monitor water consumption on a daily basis as well as detect leaks and save money We hope to expand the project in the coming years. “

According to Felipe Duque Estrada, CEO of Laager, the success of the project is mainly due to the partnership with Sigfox and WND Brazil: “The adoption of 0G network technologies from Sigfox has ensured the economic and technological viability of the project.”

José Almeida, Deputy CEO of WND Brazil, adds: “Thanks to Sabesp’s pioneering approach, Laager’s expertise and our collaboration, we have realised one of the largest IoT projects in the Americas. The results achieved show beyond doubt that our technology and business model are the best choice for IoT projects today. “

Carlos Beato, VP Americas at Sigfox, concludes, “We are incredibly proud of SABESP’s achievement and visionary approach to smart water metering. The benefits of such a solution go far beyond remote reading. It truly transforms the customer experience and quality of service.”


About Sabesp

Sabesp – Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo is the largest sanitation company in the Americas and the fourth largest in the world in population served. It is responsible for the water supply, collection and treatment of wastewater in 375 municipalities in the state of São Paulo and accounts for 30% of the investment made in basic services in Brazil.

About Laager

Laager Tecnologias Sustentáveis Ltda is a company specialised in technological solutions for sustainability. Its devices make it possible to control the consumption of water, gas and electricity, while enabling greater efficiency in consumption. The company has an advanced system for customising these resources that can be applied to small, medium and large consumers.

About Vita Ambiental

Vita Ambiental is a traditional specialised engineering service provider for sanitation companies, focusing on loss reduction and operational optimisation.

About WND

WND Brazil, which is part of the WND Group, operates in the IoT (Internet of Things) market through the implementation of a national public network in a B2B (Business to Business). model that allows the sale of connectivity at low cost. In just three years on Brazilian territory, the company is already present in all the country’s capitals. It covers an area of more than 120 million inhabitants and serves more than 360 cities. WND Brazil is a pioneer in a national public network dedicated exclusively to IoT with Sigfox technology.

About Sigfox

Sigfox is the 0G network pioneer and the world’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) service provider. Sigfox offers a unique combination of cost-effective and highly power-efficient technologies supported by a global network. This enables businesses to improve their visibility and track their assets globally. With more than 17 million connected devices and 70 million messages sent per day, Sigfox helps its customers extract critical data at the lowest cost and accelerate their key digital transformation areas such as asset tracking and supply chain.

Sigfox has been ISO 9001 certified and is surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players. The company is headquartered in Labège, France, with offices in Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Madrid, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo.

About Heliot Europe

Heliot Europe is the exclusive operator of the global Sigfox 0G network in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube Infrastructure Managers, a Luxembourg-based investment company specialising in the management of European infrastructure funds. Heliot Europe is also a founding member of the 0G United Nations Association, the international association of 0G network operators with currently over 55 network operators worldwide.

With its Sigfox 0G technology, Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless as well as user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and helps companies to further transform their business model towards digital services in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management. The low-frequency radio technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). In addition, customers have access to the global Sigfox 0G ecosystem with nearly 1000 sensors and analytics tools to collect and analyse their data.

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Press foto Motiv 1 “Water sensors in Brazil”: Intelligent water sensor type “Ellipse” from Laager