i2O, the smart water network company, today launched dNet, a low-cost data logging and software system to provide water utilities with accurate, reliable and affordable data for informing decision making and improving water networks performance.
dNet enables water utilities to place low-cost loggers at various Points of Interest across their networks – including reservoirs, pressure reducing valves, trunk mains and pumps – to record and communicate detailed data relating to water demand, flow, pressure, asset condition and transients securely over the mobile phone network. This encrypted data can be accessed through a hosted i2O service or via simple software installed on a customer’s own servers, where it can be integrated with existing SCADA, analytics and data visualisation systems.
The system includes enhanced loggers from i2O which offer up to 17 years battery life and are capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions of up to 70°C and 85 per cent humidity. i2O’s loggers and can be upgraded to meet future requirements through over-the-air firmware updates. The data generated by dNet will work with any legacy data collection software.
Joel Hagan, Chief Executive Officer of i2O, comments: “Water utilities need comprehensive data to make their networks smarter and inform decision making, but their ability to gather it has been limited so far by technology. Some utilities will lift and shift expensive loggers from one part of their network to another for specific optimisation projects, while others have deployed cheap, disposable loggers with limited lifespan and inadequate software.”
“With dNet, we have created a more reliable and affordable system that makes it possible for water utilities to obtain the data they need cost-effectively from as many points on their network as possible using robust, permanently deployed loggers. Once installed across a network, dNet provides water utilities with a more holistic view of network performance that can help them to improve supply to customers, cut leakage and reduce bursts.”