Combat Legionella with IoT

Legionella compliance has long been a legal requirement in commercial buildings. With an increased number of unoccupied premises throughout 2020, it’s predicted that there could be a heightened risk of Legionnaires disease. Discover how we can help you create a remote Legionella monitoring solution with LoRaWAN.

What is Legionella?

Legionnaires, or Legionella disease is a bacteria that grows in stagnant water. A form of pneumonia with symptoms such as: cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. With many commercial buildings currently unoccupied due to Covid-19 Virus, facility and building managers run the risk of returning to contaminated water. Since the water left in the pipes of the building provides the ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Legionella is typically contracted by airborne bacteria and testing for Legionella is a legal requirement for commercial buildings.

There are many factors to take into consideration when assessing the risk of legionella within a building system, say the HSE’s advice. One of which is monitoring the water temperature in all or some parts of the plumbing system. Guidance from the HSE states that water stored at temperatures between 20 – 45°C encourages bacteria growth.

How can IoT help combat Legionella?

Usually the testing for legionella requires manual human interaction, however with IoT you are able to remotely monitor your legionella risk through the use of specialist LoRaWAN sensors. With IoT you can keep accurate records without human error or gaps in the temperature monitoring. There’s also the added bonus that all monitoring and control can be carried out remotely helping to reduce the risk to onsite personnel, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Simply connect the LoRaWAN sensors to the equipment you wish to monitor. This is easily done because of their non invasive nature. Then connect the devices to your LoRaWAN gateway and your user dashboard and that’s it. The IoT sensor will send data straight to your dashboard in timed intervals you have set. These can be changed if your prefer more or less readings in a time frame. Allowing you to visual see the data being collected and take action.

NETVOX R718CK2 LORAWAN 2-GANG THERMOCOUPLE SENSOR

The Netvox LoRaWAN thermocouple temperature sensor measures two points simultaneously to gauge changes in temperature. Two probes are attached to the outside of the desired outlets you would wish to monitor. Readings are then sent to a centralised monitoring system via a LoRaWAN gateway at pre-configured intervals. Allowing you to remotely monitor the temperature to maintain records and monitor the risk of Legionella. Pair with the Strega Smart Valve to remotely control the flow of water.

STREGA SMART VALVE

The Strega Smart Water Valve uses LoRaWAN technology to give you remote control over the operation of valves. With the ability to remotely open or close connected valves, minimising waste and being Legionella compliant are some of the benefits to the Strega Smart Valve. Available in a variety of sizes to fit any and all existing pipe work, the Strega Smart Valve can also come with a separate emitter for difficult and hard to reach areas.

All of our LoRaWAN sensors feature ultra low power consumption as well as extended battery life. Once installed, the IoT system can be configured to alert you to any potential issues that arise in your workplace/premises.

For additional ideas as to how IoT sensors can help to monitor potential risks to your business, why not explore our Covid-19 & beyond solutions

Get Smart with Water

Having just launched the Strega Smart Water Valve, we’re taking a look at the various use cases this new product brings. Read on to discover more about our latest product and how you too can begin to minimise water waste.

Strega Smart IoT Water Valve

Developed by Strega, the Smart IoT Water Valve is a battery operated shut off valve that can be easily integrated into existing solutions without the need for any additional cabling. That’s right, you can remotely control your entire irrigation system without having to disrupt your existing set up!

Compatible with all leading IoT platforms, the Strega Smart IoT Water Valve is available in a wide range of sizes to suit existing pipe work. Once installed, the valve utilises LoRaWAN® technology to send data to the gateway which is then reported to your selected platform.

Example Use Cases

The Strega Smart Water Valve has a range of use cases. On the one hand there’s people who would like to minimise the risk of costly water damage from leaks in Smart Buildings and Smart Housing. On the other hand, there’s the people who want to minimise water waste. We’ve seen a varying demand for this product including Smart Agriculture, Smart Irrigation and Smart Golf Courses where users want to ensure they are only watering areas when needed. The use cases are virutally endless!

What are the Variant Options?

All Strega Smart Water Valves come with integrated tamper, pressure and humidity sensors and have an ultra low power consumption to provide 10+ years battery life. For easy installation, the valve can be purchased as an all-in-one version with the emitter attached of for harder to reach areas, you can opt for the emitter to be separately connected.

The Strega Smart Water Valve offers a fast, no fuss solution enabling you to remotely control entire water systems in no time. If you’d like more information on how we could help you to develop your IoT water solutions get in touch.