Smart Water Probing

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Monitoring and control over EVERY part of the water network

Here is an economical way you can gain better control over network and water quality throughout your entire water supply network - eliminating any blind spots. Pipelife Smart Probe can be fitted at any point directly into the supply and distribution pipes of potable water systems. Installation is hygienically safe and offers uninterrupted water supply. Thanks to its future-proof modular design and because it's battery run - YOU get to decide what is to be measured, anytime and anywhere.  

Developed in close cooperation with water utilities and with 3 successful pilot projects running in the Netherlands, Smart Probe is gaining more and more attention from the industry. Here are some key facts why.

To measure means to know.

Peter Horst, Asset Engineer & Asset Manager, PWN Water Supply, Netherlands

Water supply networks are often a "black box" for utilities. Pipelife's Smart Probe measures properties at any point in the network, even from pipes that seem hard to access. We can add more sensors to the network than only at pumping stations and measuring chambers. With more live-data, issues can be better assessed and computational models can be calibrated accordingly. Another big plus is that Smart Probe can be installed within a few hours and without any interruption for the customers. 

Pipelife Partner for Smart Probe Peter Horst, Asset engineer and manager at PWN Water Supply, The Netherlands

Advantages of Pipelife Smart Probe

Potable Water

Increase network and water safety

Detect problems earlier and more easily along your complete water network. Higher density of sensor stations, and data from inside the pipe, provide better control and more precision, eliminating any blind spots in the network.

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Future-proof modular solution

Remove, exchange or replace sensors within minutes. The battery run system consists of a switchboard and cartridge accommodating multiple sensors that can be accessed anytime from ground level for exchange or maintenance.

Wastewater

Independent service

With Pipelife Smart Probe you are independent from the power network. This provides freedom of location and is also advantageous when issues in water supply occur due to power blackouts. Batteries can be quickly changed with no digging required.

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Fast installation, zero interruption

Install your probing systems within 1-2 hours only, without interrupting water supply and without water contamination. Once installed, maintenance, sensor or battery exchange can be done from surface-level and within minutes.

What can be measured?

  • Flow speed & direction
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Electrical conductivity

Available soon:

  • Turbidity
  • Acidity or alkalinity (pH)
  • Chlorine
  • Other sensor in mind? Let's discuss!

Different types of sensors and communication protocols (GSM, LoRa, NB-IoT) can be applied with the modular sensor cartridge and modular circuit board. Current pilot projects are running with 2 sensors at a time, one of which measures temperature.

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How can smart water analyses help?

Water utilities are setting up district metered areas (DMA) to gain more knowledge about the blind spots of their drinking water network. By installing different types of sensors into the drinking water network, they are able to:

  • Validate hydrological models against the actual situation
  • Detect and localize leakages earlier
  • Learn about fluctuating water quality along the way
  • Track the actual distribution of water from source to tap
  • Learn about the effects of climate change on potable water
  • Predict events using Big Data, analytic models and/or machine learning
Smart Water Probing for Water Utilities

Mitigating water waste with better water management

Water resources and how they are managed impact almost all aspects of society and the economy. In some EU countries, more than 50 % of drinking water is wasted due to leaking pipes, lack of proper management and poorly maintained infrastructure. In London alone, leaks from aging mains are wasting enough water to fill 300 Olympic swimming pools every single day.

By implementing better water management practices, such as smart water probing, millions of cubic meters of water could be saved annually.

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5-Step installation of Pipelife Smart Probe

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Step 1: Mounting the saddle

Smart Probe is fitted like a tapping saddle using 6 bolts to tighten and keep the saddle in position. 

Step 2: Hot tapping

Smart Probe is installed like a hot tapping saddle, with the ability to tap a hole into the pressure pipe under pressure, without any risk of contaminating the water.

A flushing valve keeps the system and water free from contamination. 

 

Step 3: Placing and lowering the sensor cartridge

The cartridge can now be fitted onto the Smart Probe saddle. After opening the sensor valve, the sensor can be vertically lowered into the pipeline.

Step 4: Cut protective tube to required height and fit

The protective tube is cut to the necessary height for perfect accessibility and placed onto the Smart Probe saddle over the cartridge.

Step 5: Plug and play

The sensors are plugged into the communication box and the cover is closed. The sensors are instantly connected to the cloud.

Permanent access

With a handling tool, the valves can be operated and sensors can be swapped any time from surface level, within minutes. 


Interested in a test run? Get in Touch!

Smart Probe is not available on the market just yet. It is however available for pilot projects. In fact, 3 pilots are running successfully for some time now. If you are interested in being one of the first to try out Smart Probe and actively influence the development of a very promising smart monitoring and probing system, now is your chance! Please choose your preferred way to get in contact with us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Han Nguyen

Han Nguyen

Innovation Project Manager

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