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NEW DEPLOYABLE FIELD DEVICE WILL HELP WITH EARLY FLOOD WARNINGS

Posted: Monday 14th December 2009

A new quick and easy deployable field device (DFD), which remotely monitors, logs and feeds back key information on water levels and other key factors in areas with potential for flooding, is the latest innovation from ITT Water & Wastewater UK Ltd, the leading total solutions provider for water and wastewater treatment.

Suitable for applications within the utility, environmental and industrial markets, the Flygt DFD is a robust, ultra-low battery powered alarm telemetry unit and data logger.

This solution has been developed in response to requests from the Environment Agency, to whom ITT WWW is a framework supplier, for a highly robust device which can be positioned remotely for periods from several months to years to gather information on environmental conditions including water levels. This data can then either be automatically supplied to a top-end system remotely using industry standard protocols such as DNPv3, MODBUS and WITS (once released) or retrieved on an ‘as needed’ basis by either ITT WWW or the customer.

They are ideal for positioning close to rivers, adjacent to roads, or on industrial sites discharging effluent into aquifers – indeed in any location where no fixed communications path or a direct power source is available. They can be used as stand-alone units with local data retrieval or be remotely operated over a range of communications media including PSTN or GSM, connecting to a SCADA system.

The real time information gathered can include logs of water levels, rainfall levels, pumping capacities or failures, average water velocity and even data on the river bed profile and more specific water velocity readings in different areas of the river.

The DFD solution consists of a ground anchor and a bollard housing which are bolted together; the bollard houses all the telemetry equipment including the GSM antenna and rechargeable battery, which can be configured prior to installation on site.

Previously, many users have tackled similar tasks individually by combining products from various suppliers to create their own bespoke solution. However, ITT WWW working with their customers needs can now provide this complete solution. With ever increasing concerns following flooding across the UK in recent years we believe this all-purpose development fits the flood monitoring requirement many customers may find themselves looking for.

This product will also be attractive to borough councils, who may access a share of some £800 million made available by the Government as a response to The Pitt Report, which identified a clear need for upgraded alarm and early warning systems for flooding.

Once its task is complete, the DFD can be easily removed and transported to its next working location.

Guy Fitzpatrick of ITT Water & Wastewater commented: “Flooding has become a matter of greatly increased concern across the UK, and any data which can help accurately predict where floods are likely to occur will potentially aid towards flood alleviation schemes in terms of allowing the authorities to take the necessary steps in advance to minimise the impact of any flooding.

“This product is robust and flexible enough to be sited in almost any location for whatever time is required to gather and, if necessary, transmit key data on water levels and rates, providing valuable intelligence to those who need it.”

Email: guy.fitzpatrick@itt.com




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