SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for Yorkshire Water

A major project to fight leakage by Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network. The SMART Logs are being installed by Vernon Morris & Co. Ltd. along with its Incertameter ‘bolt-on’ in-line flow meter, enabling Yorkshire Water to split 250 of its existing DMAs* in half for more efficient water management – without the need for constructing any new, expensive metered bypasses. The initial phase includes 350 installations, with more planned to follow as the project rolls out across the network.

SMART Log wireless dataloggers from HWM Radio-Tech help Yorkshire Water fight water leakage

SMART Log wireless dataloggers from HWM Radio-Tech help Yorkshire Water fight water leakage

Dividing a water mains network into DMAs is current water loss prevention best practice. It allows water companies to examine their network in small pieces, narrowing down areas where water is being lost so that leakage teams can then pinpoint the location within that DMA. Obviously, smaller DMAs result in more detailed initial information, and proportionally less time taken to identify the exact position of the leak; in these cases time equals not only money but also water, personnel and the chances of a severe service disruption.

SMART Log and Incertameter allow for the easy and very cost-effective creation of more and smaller DMAs, and very rapid collection of data from them. SMART Log’s wireless technology means that data collection teams no longer need access to the meter itself, but instead can download the data via a secure wireless link from up to 100 meters away – even from a moving vehicle. This drastically reduces the time taken for data gathering, which, in addition to the use of smaller DMAs, results in impressive savings.

SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) reduces time and cost of finding and fixing water leaks

SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) reduces time and cost of finding and fixing water leaks

In a series of blind pilot trials conducted last year to compare the before and after effects of the project, results indicated an average saving per leak of roughly 60 hours of detection time and over £1500, even without factoring in the initial saving of £5000+ per sub-metering point created. Leakage inspectors can expect to cover a DMA approximately five times faster than before, and prioritise their leak repair activities much more effectively according to the severity of a leak and its impact on the water supply.

Advanced technology not only enables this level of functional efficiency, but has resulted in an impressive battery life for the systems. Batteries last for 5 years with a 5 minute sample rate, meaning that the time and cost savings first made at the installation continue on for half a decade. The SMART Log technology has already seen extended use in Scotland and England over the last few years, both in conjunction with the Incertameter and as a standalone AMR or commercial datalogger, and has consistently proved itself a valuable tool in improving a project’s operational functionality and underlying efficiency.

*District Metered Area

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HWM Exhibiting Radio-Tech Range of Energy & Environmental Monitoring Systems

Radio-Tech’s market-leading wireless energy monitoring ranges will be exhibited by HWM at upcoming shows The Energy Event, Low Carbon Expo and Energy Solutions. Visitors will be introduced to the company’s Observe™ and Economise™ systems, which are made up of products such as the award-winning Ecosense™ combined temperature and humidity sensor.

HWM exhibits Radio-Tech wireless energy monitoring systems at upcoming trade events

HWM exhibits Radio-Tech wireless energy monitoring systems at upcoming trade events

Radio-Tech, leader in wireless telemetry and remote monitoring systems, is now a part of Halma Water Management (HWM-Water Ltd). The two entities had previously worked together on a number of projects and products, and the new company structure will allow the Radio-Tech systems to benefit from even greater support.

Visitors will be able to see how the company’s wireless telemetry, sensing and datalogging expertise can help to easily measure, record and analyse the energy consumption and allocation of resources. Radio-Tech’s Observe™ range, which focuses on environmental monitoring, has been designed to meet the Energy Saving Trust’s specification as outlined in: “Evaluating energy and carbon performance in the ‘Retrofit for the Future’ demonstrator projects”. The Observe™ system makes the whole process easy and simple, and even works seamlessly across multiple sites and projects by providing a web-based interface for remote data access and analysis.

In the drive for businesses to reduce costs, wastage and environmental impact, accurate and easy monitoring of energy usage and building performance conditions is essential. The Economise™ system from HWM uses modular component sensors and remote telemetry to form a network of measurement points and parameters – from temperature and humidity levels to localised consumption of water, electricity and gas. This data is then routed through a centralised data collector, all completely wirelessly, which stores the information and acts as a secure server for data access and assisted analysis from the internet.

The use of high-quality hardware and custom-designed software means that the system does not require field programming (it automatically detects nearby devices), is remotely accessible through a variety of communication platforms, and can even be configured entirely by SMS.

HWM has over 30 years of experience in data logging and water management, and is considered one of the foremost experts in water leak detection and remote monitoring in the world. The addition of Radio-Tech’s environmental and energy focused technologies fits in well with the company’s goal of providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to help its customers use their resources more effectively and efficiently.

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Radio-Tech to display energy and environmental monitoring systems at EAUC conference

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech will be showing its energy management and environmental monitoring systems at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Conference 2011.

economise™ enables companies to easily monitor their consumption of electricity, gas and water, allowing reductions in consumption to be made. Eco chirps (transmitters) stationed at strategic points measure a building’s energy consumption and transmit that information to Radio-Tech’s data hub, the RT:Wi5. The hub then sends the data to either Radio-Tech’s or third-party software, allowing companies to devise a monitoring and targeting plan that could potentially save thousands of pounds in the first two years of implementation.

Meanwhile, observe represents the latest innovation in wireless environmental monitoring that measures energy efficiency and building performance. Designed to meet the specification set out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) in its document ‘Evaluating energy and carbon performance in the Retrofit for the Future demonstrator projects’, observe has been selected as the primary data collection system for both the EST’s Solid Wall Insulation field trials and the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Retrofit for the Future’ project.

Radio-Tech’s stand will be manned by national account managers Zaid Furreedan and Phil Tomlinson.

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ecosense wins best product innovation award

– Temperature and humidity sensor triumphs at Energy Solutions Expo 2010 –

Radio-Tech has won the award for best product innovation at the Innovation & Sustainability Awards, held at the Energy Solutions Expo 2010 in London. The company’s ecosense, which monitors temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels and energy usage, was victorious in a category for products that noticeably improve the workplace.

Victoria Wheeler, marketing manager, is flanked by national account managers Chris Bridge (left) and Zaid Furreedan.

Victoria Wheeler, marketing manager, is flanked by national account managers Chris Bridge (left) and Zaid Furreedan.

Victoria Wheeler, marketing manager, flanked by national account managers Chris Bridge (left) and Zaid Furreedan.

Explaining the reasons for their decision, the judges described themselves as “particularly impressed by Radio-Tech as it seemed such a simple idea, very useful and easy to use. Those three factors were crucial; energy measurement is the starting point for carbon reduction and making the workplace more efficient – Radio-Tech does exactly that and allows FMs to make the decisions based on the measurements.”

ecosense began life as a customer design for construction and building services specialist BSRIA. BSRIA was seeking a more robust data logging system that met the requirements of various specifications, including the Energy Saving Trust’s ‘Monitoring energy and carbon performance in new homes (CE298)’.

“Radio-Tech offered equipment that could be tailored to our needs,” explained Alan Gilbert, instrument solutions rental manager at BSRIA, “which had the additional benefits of being unobtrusive, simple to install and featuring a long battery life. I am sure this award will be the first of many.”

Olivier Lebreton, senior design engineer at Radio-Tech and the man behind ecosense, added: “The most important thing from my point of view was that Radio-Tech could supply the complete solution.”

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Radio-Tech and GES Form Legionella Monitoring Partnership

General Environmental Services Ltd (GES Water and GES Technology) has signed a distribution agreement with Radio-Tech to provide its clients with aquavision, Radio-Tech’s wireless legionella* management system.

Mark David (left), Sales Director at GES and Kevin Bloodworth, Director of GES Technology stands with Radio-Tech’s Account Manager Craig Anderson (Right)

Mark David (left), Sales Director at GES and Kevin Bloodworth, Director of GES Technology stands with Radio-Tech’s Account Manager Craig Anderson (Right)

Mark David (left), Sales Director at GES and Kevin Bloodworth, Director of GES Technology stands with Radio-Tech’s Account Manager Craig Anderson (Right)

GES supplies customers with water treatment and hygiene programmes and legionella monitoring forms a core part of its business. Kevin Bloodworth, Director of GES Technology is responsible for driving innovation and looked at several methods of improving legionella control. He commented:

“We found that Radio-Tech’s product was by far the best product on the market. aquavision goes above and beyond the minimum standard of legionella monitoring set out in HSE’s ACoP L8 guidelines. Clients get a better overview of the system and it enables them to identify problems that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, so it’s a great investigative tool.”

aquavision works by wirelessly monitoring water temperatures at multiple sites from any internet enabled location. It is a fully automated system that has been developed to assist water treatment companies, facility management and property management companies to comply with current guidelines and legislation.

Kevin noted that Radio-Tech’s product enabled GES to give clients an all-round better service: “With aquavision, the process is automated so clients don’t have to remember to manually check temperatures every month, or make sure the contractor has been in to do it. It also helps us cut down on the number of vans we send out thereby improving our costs and environmental footprint”, Kevin said, adding, “We can also offer aquavision to clients on a lease basis which provides a much-improved and cost-effective solution to customers.”

Using aquavision to wirelessly monitor water temperatures is less invasive than the traditional method of manually checking and automatically flushing outlets on each floor of a building.

Kevin continued: “aquavision has other advantages; sometimes there are security or privacy issues at certain properties, or the need to be discreet. For example, care homes often don’t want strangers intruding in resident’s personal living space every month, which can be very disruptive. aquavision eliminates this issue by remotely and wirelessly monitoring water temperatures regularly without the need to enter private property.”

Craig Anderson, Sales Manager at Radio-Tech commented on the new partnership deal with GES: “Their wealth of knowledge and experience in the water industry combined with our technical and design abilities make this an ideal partnership.”

*Legionella – L.pneumophila, a bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

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Radio-Tech to Show Energy and Environmental Monitoring Systems at The Energy Event

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech will be showing its energy management and environmental monitoring systems at The Energy Event 2010.

economise™ enables companies to easily monitor their consumption of electricity, gas and water, allowing reductions in consumption to be made. Eco chirps (transmitters) stationed at strategic points measure a building’s energy consumption and transmit that information to Radio-Tech’s data hub, the RT:Wi5. The hub then sends the data to either Radio-Tech’s or third-party software, allowing companies to devise a monitoring and targeting plan that could potentially save thousands of pounds.

economise

economise

Meanwhile, Radio-Tech’s wireless environmental monitoring system measures energy efficiency and building performance and is specifically designed to meet standards specified by the Energy Savings Trust (EST). Sensors positioned throughout a property measure variables such as temperature, humidity, CO2, electricity, gas and water consumption. This data is transmitted to a central hub at five minute intervals which is collected by Radio-Tech or client hosted servers for analysis. Such environmental data can provide valuable information about building performance that can affect how low impact buildings are constructed in the future. Radio-Tech’s products have already been selected as the primary data collection system for both the EST’s Solid Wall Insulation field trials and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) ‘Retrofit for the Future’ project.

Radio-Tech welcomes all visitors to stand 128.

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Radio-Tech’s New Wireless Environmental Monitoring Range Measures Building Performance and Meets EST Standards

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed a new and innovative wireless environmental monitoring system that measures energy efficiency and building performance and is specifically designed to meet standards specified by the Energy Savings Trust* (EST). Radio-Tech’s products have already been selected as the primary data collection system for both the EST’s Solid Wall Insulation field trials and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) ‘Retrofit for the Future’ project.

Radio-Tech products comply with Energy Saving Trust Standards

Radio-Tech products comply with Energy Saving Trust Standards

Radio-Tech’s products measure building data through a range of wireless sensors positioned throughout a property. As the entire system is totally wireless it requires no field programming and can be installed with minimal disruption to occupants. Sensors monitor variables such as internal and external temperature and humidity, surface temperature, carbon dioxide levels, window and door openings, electricity, gas and water consumption. Through partnerships with industry-leading specialists, Radio-Tech can also offer heat flux, light and electrical power sensing equipment.

Sensors collect data from a range of sources and, using 434 MHz RF, report this information back at 5 minute intervals to a single, central Wi5 Data Hub. The Wi5 Data Hub can be located anywhere in the property and with a memory of 2GB can manage data from hundreds of sensors. Once data has been received, the Wi5 transmits this information back to Radio-Tech or client hosted servers for analysis; this can be uploaded periodically or as often as every minute. Collecting such environmental data can provide valuable information about building construction and performance that can affect the future of low impact building development in the UK.

The Government-backed TSB is currently spearheading an R&D project that will help evaluate building performance in an attempt to generate future low impact buildings with a reduced carbon footprint. Case study buildings will be evaluated to understand how building design and construction relates to energy and performance and the TSB has funding worth £8m available to businesses involved in the construction of these ‘green’ buildings. Environmental monitoring is an important part of future planning in the building and design sector and Radio-Tech products meet the criteria outlined by the Energy Savings Trust. Radio-Tech works in partnership with leading UK service providers to offer turn-key solutions that include calibration, installation and data collection. For more information about Radio-Tech’s new environmental monitoring range, please visit the company website at www.radio-tech.co.uk or call +44 (0)1279 635849.

*‘Evaluating Energy and Carbon Performance in the Retrofit for the Future Demonstrator Projects’ document found at www.innovateuk.org/_assets/pdf/competition-documents/est evaluating energy and carbon performance v1 0.pdf

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New temperature and humidity sensor for construction and energy-saving applications

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed a battery-powered temperature and humidity sensor for internal and external applications.

dualsense temperature and humidity sensor

dualsense temperature and humidity sensor

Clockwide from top-left: Surface; external; internal

dualsense is available in three versions: internal and external (reading both temperature and humidity), as well as surface (reading only temperature conducted through a wall). The sensor “chirps” every five minutes, transmitting its data to Radio-Tech’s RT:Wi5 data hub (or a modbus receiver); the information collected is then sent directly to the relevant server.

Aimed at the construction industry and energy consortiums, dualsense was originally designed for the Energy Saving Trust. The product supplied to that body correlates measurements of internal and external temperature and humidity, along with wall surface temperature, to evaluate the insulation of new housing.

Since dualsense’s transmitter is radio-based and needs no connection to mains power, the sensor can be installed very easily. The unit is powered by a lithium battery that lasts up to three years.

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Radio-Tech displaying energy and legionella monitoring systems at The Facilities Show

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech will be showing its energy management and legionella monitoring systems at The Facilities Show 2010. The show runs 11-13 May at the NEC Birmingham.

economise™  enables companies to easily monitor their consumption of electricity, gas and water, allowing reductions in consumption to be made. Eco chirps (transmitters) stationed at strategic points measure a building’s energy consumption and transmit that information to Radio-Tech’s data hub, the RT:Wi5. The hub then sends the data to either Radio-Tech’s or third-party software, allowing companies to devise a monitoring and targeting plan that could potentially save thousands of pounds in the first two years of implementation.

Meanwhile, aquavision is a fully automated, maintenance-free system that helps facilities managers to comply with legislation aimed at controlling the levels of legionella bacteria in water storage and delivery systems. aquavision performs automatic flushing and temperature testing of sentinel outlets in accordance with Table 1 of the Approved Code of Practice (L8). Should a temperature outside of the L8 guidelines be reported, an email alert is sent to a list of designated addresses so that remedial action can be swiftly taken and a potential outbreak of legionella avoided.

A full delegation from Radio-Tech will be present on the stand: aquavision sales manager Craig Anderson;  economise™ sales manager for northern England Chris Bridge; economise™ sales manager for southern England Zaid Furreedan; and marketing executive Victoria Wheeler.

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Radio-Tech to show energy and legionella monitoring systems at Sustainabilitylive!

Radio-Tech will be showing its energy management and legionella monitoring systems at Sustainabilitylive! 2010. The exhibition takes place in halls 3 and 3a at the NEC in Birmingham on 20-22 April.

economise™  enables companies to easily monitor their consumption of electricity, gas and water, allowing reductions in consumption to be made. Eco chirps (transmitters) stationed at strategic points measure a building’s energy consumption and transmit that information to Radio-Tech’s data hub, the RT:Wi5. The hub then sends the data to either Radio-Tech’s or third-party software, allowing companies to devise a monitoring and targeting plan that could potentially save thousands of pounds in the first two years of implementation.

Meanwhile, aquavision is a fully automated, maintenance-free system that helps facilities managers to comply with legislation aimed at controlling the levels of legionella bacteria in water storage and delivery systems. aquavision performs automatic flushing and temperature testing of sentinel outlets in accordance with Table 1 of the Approved Code of Practice (L8). Should a temperature outside of the L8 guidelines be reported, an email alert is sent to a list of designated addresses so that remedial action can be swiftly taken and a potential outbreak of legionella avoided.

Sales manager Craig Anderson and marketing executive Victoria Wheeler will be managing stand Q5.

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