Detecting blockage and optimising maintenance: smart gully pilot in Hardenberg

Periodically opening and emptying the gullies in your city, even if they are not actually in need of maintenance at that point... Not just a waste of time, but especially of finances. This is why we are working on a smart gully that can monitor the water level and dirt load in real-time. 

During a pilot in the City of Hardenberg, three such smart gullies were installed. Rik van der Laan (responsible for sewers at the City of Hardenberg) and Geertjo van Dijk (European product manager storm water management for Wavin) tell us about the what, why and how of this pilot:

How does a smart gully work?

The smart gully is equipped with various sensors measuring the water level and monitoring the fill level of the gully. Via a LoRa connection (a low-range and low-power IoT connection), a router sends all gully data to a nearby hub every ten minutes.

This hub converts the LoRa signal into a GSM signal, after which the data are transferred into the cloud. This means that you can see the real-time status of all gullies on your pc. This enables you to detect any blocked gullies in time and optimise your street gully maintenance.


What's next?

Of course, placing three smart gullies in Hardenberg is not the last step. The next step is interpreting all data collected and converting the data into an information basis for the right actions. The City of Hardenberg collaborates with Twente University, the Polymer Science Park innovation centre, and TerraTeq, a technology firm.

Do you want to know more?

Do you want to keep up to date with smart gully progress and other smart solutions? Then please contact one of our advisors. They will be happy to assist you and provide input in sustainable water.