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Communication solutions for the water industry

15 December 2010

A range of data communications and instrumentation solutions – including smart sensors, data logging systems, communication gateways, field configuration software and geospatial analysis software – is now available in the UK.

Communication solutions for the water industry
Communication solutions for the water industry

The Aquas Smart Water Solutions range, available in the UK via sole distributor M.A.C Solutions UK Ltd, is a comprehensive range of solutions targeted specifically at the water industry, covering the complete water lifecycle, from extraction and treatment through to distribution and the reprocessing of waste.

Aquas Smart Water Solutions have already gained an enviable reputation in Taiwan, but this is the first time that the company’s products have been available in the UK.

The award-winning AQLOG RTU/Data Logger, for example, has almost become the water industry standard in Taiwan for DMZ leak detection and pressure management and has already been credited with saving millions of gallons of water per day.

Tim Ricketts, general manager at M.A.C Solutions commented: “We launched the Aquas range at the recent Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring [WWEM] exhibition in Telford and the response was very encouraging. It seems that in the UK, there is no single supplier that can provide water companies with the complete breadth of products that we offer. Most can provide specific sensors for flow, level or pressure sensing, others can offer wireless communications or data logging systems. We therefore believe that we are the only true one-stop shop in the UK.”

The Aquas range includes the new AQLOG PLUS Series. This is a compact, robust and reliable RTU/data logger for data collection, communications, data logging, monitoring, alarm management, control and analysis. This compact device is battery-operated with a solar-power option if required. The series is fully integrated with GPRS cellular networking, GSM (SMS) text messaging, 2.4GHz wireless networking, Ethernet and RS232/485 communications, providing seamless connection to public or private network software solutions.

The ultra low power consumption of just 0.05W ensures a long life (typical 5 years continuous operation with 19AH lithium batteries). The device has up to 8 connections for digital sensors and other remote I/O modules.

The AQLOG PLUS is protected by an aluminium, IP68 submersible, dustproof enclosure and can operate in extreme humidity environments and in temperatures from
–20 deg C up to 75 deg C. The device is therefore suitable for frequently flooded underground chambers, salt spray, heavy dust, excessive shock and vibration conditions. Typical applications include flow or leakage analysis; metering and water loss measurement; water distribution network pressure management; surge pressure tracking; sewer overflow and wastewater quality monitoring; storm drainage monitoring; water treatment process monitoring; reservoir and river water quality; water pump control; rainfall monitoring; flood monitoring; and automatic user meter reading.

M.A.C Solutions will also be stocking Aquas’ SMR Series of smart digital sensors. This range is specifically designed for use in liquids for pressure, hydrostatic level and water quality measurement. This includes free chlorine, pH, ORP, temperature, conductivity & redox, resistivity, DO, turbidity, salinity, suspended solid and humidity.

SMR smart sensors connect directly to the AQLOG PLUS series or to a PLC, DCS, HMI or SCADA system using a ModBus communications interface.

Also available is a solution for automatic water meter reading. The AQLOG AMR Series uses advanced Image Processing and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to provide water companies with a compact, battery-operated, wireless solution for automatic water meter reading.

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