New technology solution for water meter readings

A new generation of precision battery-operated water meter sensors are saving farmers time and money.

Water meters are often read manually on farms because the cabling to connect water meters to their software package is an expense that farmers want to avoid. 

Although it may seem like a cost-effective approach initially, taking manual water readings has several disadvantages. It is incredibly labour intensive, requiring someone to physically check the meter. That is time that may be more productively spent on other tasks around the farm. 

A manual checking process may also be less accurate, and leaks or unusual consumption profiles may not always be identified. 

Accurate water consumption data every 30 minutes

But now new technology offers a more accurate and less labour-intensive solution. Glas Data and its technology partner Ver Facil can offer a small battery-operated device that simply fits onto the meter and transmits consumption data every 30 minutes.

The sensor uses long-range, low power (LoRaWAN) technology. Because it is low power, the battery will last for several years.

The water meter sensor will transmit its data to the GlasCore dashboard, which can be viewed on mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This virtual meter reading avoids the need for someone to manually check the meter. 

The data from the sensor can be displayed on a water consumption graph, which will allow the farmer to spot any unusual consumption or potential water leaks. To make this process even easier and ensure quick action is taken if leaks are suspected, a real-time alert can be sent by text or email to alert when water consumption reaches a certain level.

Options for water meter sensor installation

Glas Data and Ver Facil offer several options for the installation of water meters.

  1. For water meters with an existing “pulse output cable” fitted, a LoRaWAN pulse counting device is the best solution.
  2. For water meters capable of having a cable fitted but not installed, Glas Data and Ver Facil will source the correct cable and provide this along with fitting instructions and the LoRaWAN device.
  3. Some older meters do not have a facility to accept a pulse output cable. In that situation, a new meter with an embedded LoRaWAN sensor inside is the best solution.

An unidentified water leak could result in tens of thousands of pounds of lost water. A battery-operated sensor will remove the potential for human error, and real-time alerts mean that farmers will know when action needs to be taken before the costs mount up.

For more information on the water meter sensor and GlasCore dashboard please call 07485 017650 or email hello@glas-data.com.