PermaNET SU Correlating Noise Logger Designed For Challenging Environments

Demand for freshwater in the United States and around the globe is increasing, while supplies continue to be impacted by the rise in global temperatures. Global warming places a tremendous stress on water networks, and by reducing the amount of nonrevenue water loss, a water network can better manage its demand.

As the first to patent leak correlation technology in the United States, Fluid Conservation Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, accurate and easy-to-use monitoring solutions. As a North American industry leader in water network monitoring solutions, FCS offers a complete set of equipment for virtually all nonrevenue water and remote monitoring needs.

The PermaNET SU

The FCS fleet of leak detection and water monitoring solutions includes the PermaNET SU. The PermaNET SU is an innovative correlating noise logger that contains a leak noise sensor with the company’s advanced modem (capable of connecting via LTM or NB-IoT with 3G or 4G) for reliable and low-powered network monitoring. 

Designed specifically for smaller and more challenging installation environments, PermaNET SU is robust and durable. PermaNET SU is fully compatible with PermaNET Web — an online data viewing and analysis platform — to provide map-based display, GIS interface and full audio and correlation facilities.

Once installed, leak data is calculated using the PermaNET algorithm, and data is transmitted via low-cost NB-IoT/4G LTE cellular telemetry. This removes the requirement for expensive site visits and “drive-by” data retrieval. PermaNET SU transmits data through an integral modem with 4G LTE-M (Cat-1) and other NB-IoT cellular options available.

PermaNET SU allows leakage teams to monitor the status of each logger deployed from a map-based web dashboard using any internet-enabled device. Leaks are identified immediately. Once the presence of a leak has been identified, secondary measures can be used to verify and remove false positives and correlate the position of the leak.

Expanding into new sectors

FCS’s primary focus for over the past 40-plus years has been proactive leak detection that assists water networks in managing their nonrevenue water loss. However, in the last 10 years, the company has used its technology to expand into new applications and sectors which include network distribution system monitoring, pressure modulation, sewer and stormwater monitoring, and river and flood monitoring. The company’s solutions have had a significant impact in helping its customers save time, effort, natural resources, energy and cost. 

Fluid Conservation Systems was established in 1978 and relocated from its Austin, Texas, roots to Milford, Ohio. The move was precipitated by the acquisition of FCS by Halma PLC. FCS is now the North American partner of Halma Water Management. HWM-Water Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Halma, a U.K.-based business listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Halma is a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day.

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