Halma Water Management is launching the PermaNet SMS for remote, wireless water leak monitoring. The new system gathers data wirelessly from the Permalog+ noise loggers, and then transmits it via SMS directly to an office computer or mobile phone. This means water networks can be effectively managed with no more ‘drive-by’ patrols or site visits, markedly reducing survey costs and improving efficiency.
The actual PermaNet SMS unit has an integrated radio receiver and SMS transmitter. The radio is used to communicate with local Permalog+ loggers, and the leak data is then sent to a remote monitoring station by low cost SMS telemetry. This combination of wireless systems allows the collation of water management data over wide areas without the need for costly site visits or even drive-by data capture. The potential for instant leak notification also means that leakage teams can also be targeted more quickly to specific areas, saving more time and water.
The product is compact and hard wearing, suitable for deployment either above or below ground. Each PermaNet SMS can service multiple Permalog+ units within range, and can be set up to deliver daily, weekly or monthly reports in addition to instant leak alerts. When not actively transferring data, the PermaNet SMS unit powers down to a ‘sleep mode’ that effectively conserves battery life.