Smarterhomes Technologies, a utility automation company that provides smart water metering solutions has launched operations in three Southern African countries namely South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. With a presence in 7 Indian cities and in international markets like Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and Middle East, the current expansion to Southern African region is an endeavour to strengthen the company’s international presence. In the next six months, Smarterhomes will launch operations in Knysna, Johanessburg, Cape Town and Rehoboth.
All over the world, there are more than 50 million apartment units having an apparent need for a water metering solution. With the ever-increasing urban population, there has been a huge rise in demand for apartments and residential complexes in cities across the world, thereby posing a massive pressure on the amount of water supply needed.
Vivek Shukla, CEO and Co-Founder, Smarterhomes Technologies said “For the last several years we have focussed on the Indian market and expanded our operations across the country to serve 7 key cities in India. We are now excited to launch our operations in Africa. Our product has made a significant impact on residential communities in India by reducing the overall water consumption by 35%. We firmly believe that our product can make a similar impact in Africa too. Our research indicates that a lot of common elements in the problems faced by Indian and African customers. We intend to leverage our learning from the Indian market and apply the same to the African market. This expansion is one of the key strategic initiatives for the company and we are happy to have received a positive response from the region”
Mr Mac Hengari, Founder of Hengarihoff, Channel partner for Smarterhomes said “After more than a decade in the metering industry, I am very pleased to have come across Smarterhomes. Their smart water meter,water is by far one of the most robust and accurate water meters. And it is also supported by a superb intuitive management platform. The team at Smarterhomes are committed towards innovation, and we believe to walk a long journey together as we roll out WaterOn for South Africa “.
Started by Kasturi Rangan and Vivek Shukla in 2014, Smarterhomes empowers individual users to monitor, control and optimize their water consumption in real time. Smarterhomes’ core product ‘WaterOn’ is a robust solution that measures water consumption in individual apartments. WaterOn, an IoT product, is an automated smart water meter offering accurate metering, leak prevention, and long life. It’s the only end-to-end solution providing real time readings to the consumers to help them prevent wastage and save money.
Funded by Macquarie Bank Ltd, London, Smarterhomes has installed 15000 meters across Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Designed specifically for apartments, WaterOn has two benefits- One, it allows each individual household to keep track of its water usage and reduce wastage, and two, it helps beat the standard practice of collecting a common flat rate from all houses as water bill, regardless of usage. Data from the water meter can be monitored through WaterOn mobile app. The app also notifies the user of any leak or in case of excessive use.