Metasphere provides water, wastewater, environment, and gas companies worldwide with remote telemetry solutions for collecting, processing, visualizing and reporting data and other information. With operations in the UK and Australia, their core purpose is to use telemetry to drive sustainable use of the world’s natural resources. In January 2021, Metasphere launched ART Sewer, a cost-effective, all-in-one IoT Wastewater Level Monitoring solution that helps wastewater operators proactively identify blockages and protect the environment by preventing spills. It features Metasphere’s Analytical Remote Telemetry (ART) data analytics platform, which uses machine learning to provide network visibility, performance, and forecasting. By combining IoT sensor data with historic, current, and forecast rainfall data, ART Sewer gives utilities unprecedented network visibility to allow operators to take proactive steps to prevent wastewater spills and protect the natural environment.
Metasphere needed an antenna solution capable of providing wastewater operators with years of reliable connectivity. That’s a tall order. Most sewer infrastructures are buried deep underground, where soil, concrete, steel lids and other physical obstructions significantly attenuate cellular signals. The antenna and the IoT sensor, Sense Level are also subjected to corrosive gases, liquid, and other harsh environmental conditions 24/7; 365 days a year. There were also a host of business requirements. Metasphere needed an antenna solution that could support the two major 4G/5G LPWAN technologies — NB-IoT and LTE-M — over multiple bands and regions. This flexibility would enable Metasphere to market ART Sewer to wastewater operators around the world.