Wireless Water-Logging For Leaks and Meters
Leak detection specialist HWM and wireless communications expert Radio-Tech have combined their technologies to create the world’s first combined ‘drive-by’ system for automatic meter reading and leak detection.
The Patroller II is a handheld PDA-type device from Halma Water Management, designed to wirelessly retrieve data from their Permalog+ leak-finding noise loggers. With Radio-Tech’s SMART-Log automatic meter reader, it can now also be used to collect water meter data at the same time – a single drive-by patrol will capture meter readings and water leak information simultaneously, for an exponential increase in efficiency.
The SMART-Log itself can be fitted to any existing pulse-enabled water meter, converting it into a digital, virtual ‘smart meter’. It stores consumption and event history records, which can then be used to determine accurate billings and develop tariff models, enforce restrictions, identify back-flow and even detect customer-side leakage. The wireless technology sends a ‘beacon’-type message every two seconds, allowing rapid data transfer and effective drive-by speeds of up to 30mph. The product also features SMART View: a solar-powered, in-house display for residential customers to monitor their own water consumption in several easy to read formats.