from How to catch water leakage before it catches you
by IoT Now Magazine
Few of us think about the impact of water damage to our properties until it’s too late and the damage is done. According to a report from ConsumerView, titled ‘Quantitative Assessment in Europe’, 50% of households in Europe have experienced water damage. Similarly, the Insurance Industry Research organisation estimates that 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work every day and the annual cost to insurance companies is approximately US$ 2.5 billion. When it comes to water damage, there is no doubt that the cost to owners and insurers can be crippling for citizens throughout the world.
Doing nothing and assuming that it can’t happen to you is the worst course of action. Fortunately, proactive, preventive measures that utilise leading IoT technologies are now available and more and more households and businesses are adopting them to set up warning systems to prevent impending disasters.
Based in Sweden, IoT solution provider, iioote, which is a LoRa Alliance member, has developed a preventative solution that uses Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology. Semtech’s solution is composed of a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecoms companies, IoT application makers and systems integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, an open, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interoperability and standardisation of low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies to drive implementation of the Internet of Things.
iioote’s newest preventative solution, SenseIoT, utilises LoRaWAN-enabled temperature and humidity sensors, LoRaWAN gateways and the SenseIoT sensor-to-platform system, which detects and addresses water leaks in private buildings before damage can occur. Sensors are installed in risk areas in the vicinity of water and sewage pipes, such as in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. A LoRaWAN network connects sensors to the backend where data is analysed, visualised and acted upon.
iioote’s LoRaWAN gateway of choice is MultiTech Systems’ MultiConnect Conduit an awardwinning, programmable gateway for the Internet of Things. The Conduit is a configurable, manageable and scalable LoRa gateway for industrial IoT applications.
iioote’s SenseIoT is a system that monitors moisture and mould in properties with wireless sensors using the LoRaWAN standard. The solution has been tested by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) in a four-month test of a warning system for moisture and water damage. The conclusion of the measurements found that, when appropriate and correctly placed sensors are used, a water leak can be detected at an early stage thereby avoiding consequential damages. Minimisation of the expansion of a water leak can also be enabled.
How iioote works
Humidity and temperature sensors are installed in places where there is a high risk of water leakage, for example in bathrooms, kitchens, attics and building basements. The sensors report their measured values on a regular basis and in the case of excessive values, based on […]