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Update 1: See the follow-up to this story with more remote water monitoring! 

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The Valarmy went to Pennsylvania this month to monitor water for effective water management. Ready for some colder weather + snow, Lorenzo and Edward flew to Pittsburgh to deploy water level sensors with a large upstream natural gas company. Natural gas companies have millions of gallons of water in ponds they’ve tried monitoring before with other solutions. However, nothing is as rapidly deployable, cost-effective, and high value as Valarm’s open platform for real-time remote monitoring.

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Components for Water Level Monitoring Units – solar panel, battery, water sensor

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Putting together the Valarm remote environmental monitoring units.

All of the remotely monitored water data is sent in real-time to the Valarm Tools Cloud via a WiFi hub and a point-to-point radio network. For each deployment we used:

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Deploying the Valarm unit / raising the tower

Power for the system is supplied by a 90W solar panel and a UPS backup battery setup controlled by a solar charge converter connected to the solar panel + a 115Ah deep cycle marine battery. The Valarm water monitoring units wake up every hour at the top of the hour and send the latest water sensor information to tools.valarm.net, where the water data is used for decision-making.

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Graph of water depth from Valarm Tools Cloud

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Preparing the pressure transducer before throwing it into the water to monitor depth

Valarm’s JSON API is used to forward the sensor data from Valarm Tools Cloud to the Esri ArcGIS Platform, including Esri GeoEvent Processor and Operations Dashboard. Knowing how much water is available at any given moment is critical for any natural gas company’s operations and also allows them to analyze how much water is being lost to factors like evaporation.

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Finishing up configuration for a water depth sensor deployment

At Valarm we’re excited to help customers monitor more water, more effectively all around the world. This includes not only water levels and depths in wells and reservoirs, but also water flow rates in pipes. Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@valarm.net if you have any questions or comments!

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Lorenzo & Edward modeling the guts of a live, finished Valarm unit monitoring water

 

UPDATE: See the follow-up to this story with more remote water monitoring!