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Brazilian industrial automation software producer Elipse Software's E3 solution will automate six new treatment plants to be built by Rio Grande do Sul state capital Porto Alegre's municipal water utility DMAE, Elipse Software technical consultant Rafael de Assis Leonardi told BNamericas.
"Six new treatment plants are to be built this year - both potable water and wastewater - and two next year, and our solution has been chosen to automate them all," said Leonardi.
According to the executive, since the E3 monitoring and control solution had been adopted in March 2006 by DMAE, 71 treatment plants have been automated and are currently under the supervision of Elipse software.
Elipse worked in partnership with Porto Alegre-based internet firm Bits, which created an intranet for enabling the online operation of E3 in several DMAE units and databases.
The portal makes all the information on the city's plants and water reservoirs available online, and it is constantly updated.
"This year we also have the expectation of being chosen to automate a few treatment plants of [Rio Grande do Sul state water utility] Cosam," Leonardi added.
Although E3 is very present in publicly held water infrastructure companies such as São Paulo state water utility Sabesp (Bovespa: SBSP3; NYSE: SBS) - which, according to Leonardi, uses Elipse Software solutions in 99% of its treatment plants - the system can be adapted by other segments.
"Power companies operating in the state, [Rio Grande do Sul state power company] CEEE, [subsidiary of US power company AES] AES Sul and [power distributor] RGE also use E3 to monitor their units," said Leonardi.