A Pioneering Breakthrough in Water Quality Monitoring
Dec 13 2016 Comments 0
A pioneering breakthrough in water quality monitoring has been launched and is set to have a profound impact on the way the UK water industry measure and manage water quality.
ATi’s new MetriNet multi-parameter water quality monitor for networks is the latest addition to their ground-breaking family of water quality monitors. The new state-of-the-art monitor is a brand-new approach to smart sensor technology, with amazing capabilities. It is a modular approach to the distributed collection of water quality data and provides a flexible method for delivering information from remote locations.
At the heart of the system are ATi’s new series of smart digital sensors, the industry-leading M-Nodes, that come complete with all the communications protocols needed and expected in today's digital age.
The M-Nodes are connected to the water supply using a purpose designed ‘click-connect’ flow cell arrangement. Sensors are connected in series to minimise water usage and can run at pressures up to 6 bar. The monitor also has a water-saver feature that allows continuous measurement or a batch-sampling regime. In the UK market, these sensors have a small surface area with fully compliant materials, so the water can be allowed to return to service where the application allows.
M-Nodes are ultra low-powered and run autonomously for years at a time on small batteries. Alternatively they can be powered from a local plc or telemetry system. Flexibility really is the name of the game with M-Node sensors, they can be connected to any data gathering system.
For those looking for a complete solution, M-Nodes can also be connected to the MetriNet User Interface (MUI). The MUI connects to up to 8 M-Node sensors and connects to the outside world in via any ‘ftp’ based system. The MUI also has on board data-logging with massive data storage capabilities.
ATi General Manager, Dr Mike Strahand, is celebrating this industry-first ‘big reveal’ and believes the launch of the MetriNet is a huge turning point for water companies: “At ATi, we believe that the sensor is where everything starts – using state-of-the-art smart sensors is vital.
“The MetriNet offers a sustainable solution to meet the complex challenges currently facing the water sector. It will ultimately help drive down complaints, increase water companies’ SIM scores and result in pro-active network management to safeguard water quality for customer use.
“The development of the MetriNet has been fantastic opportunity to provide another solution for our customers for ongoing and costly problems.
“There may be other multi-parameter monitoring systems on the market, however the difference with ATi’s MetriNet is that we are sensor people adding data handling and not the other way around, hence our phrase ‘no compromise’. Other similar multi-parameter monitors may have good data handling, but the quality of the sensors are compromised. The MetriNet is unique because it combines the best of everything for the first time."
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