LeakNet by Quensus is a smart water metering device which connects up to 4 water meters and 1 valve to the internet using Wi-Fi technology, and transmits high resolution data for remote detection of unwanted water flows.
LeakNet continuously monitors water usage in a building and stores real-time data analytics in the cloud, for use in leak detection and fault diagnosis. The system delivers email and phone alerts to immediately notify users of an on-going leak and is synchronised with a user interface displaying real-time dashboards, budgeting, and leak notifications.
LeakNet enables real-time remote detection of leaks, providing users the opportunity to self-manage water consumption and wastage, taking immediate action to turn their water off in case of a leak and to avoid severe damages.
LeakNet is already a CE approved product and Quensus is currently trialling 50 units within the UK, across a range of users, comprising building managers, cafés, schools, local authorities and large retailers. Some of them include Travis Perkins, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham County Council, and owners of various managed office blocks around the East Midlands.
LeakNet has enabled a school to detect the failure of washroom controls in a building, for an unbudgeted cost on wasted water equivalent to £3,000 per year. The system’s automatic notification came within hours of the installation, thus enabling a fast response for the mitigation of unnecessary running costs.
Similarly, at a café, Quensus’ installation detected a running hot water tap that had been left on overnight on multiple occasions. Twice, around 2,000 liters had been wasted, equivalent to approximately £5 extra on water and energy bills. By preventing the tap from running fully over a long weekend, the installation of LeakNet at the café would have paid for itself.
Quensus’ target market is constituted of building management firms, with a focus on residential blocks where leaks are frequently unnoticed and unreported. Demand for automatic metering and leak detection in this sector is generated by the fact that pre-planned, expensive maintenance is the only means of protection against water-related damage of buildings, that make up to a quarter of all insurance claims made on flats. High-rise apartments are in particular vulnerable, because any accident occurring on the top floors has the potential to impact all the floors underneath.
Hospitals and schools are other promising market outlets. In hospitals, LeakNet’s control of water temperature can help mitigate risks related to Legionella and other airborne pathogens induced by damp.