Economically using water
Monitoring and reducing water consumption
Uponor is innovative in the field of product development, but also as regards the topic of the „Internet of Things“. Our American partner Belkin International is one of the leading providers in the fields of consumer electronics, network technology and smart house technology. The joint venture „Phyn“ combines the competencies of both companies. They develop systems to automatically monitor the drinking water supply in buildings. The aim is to prevent leakages and ultimately reduce water consumption. This creates a unique added value, from which the consumers ultimately benefit as much as the industry.
Uponor is significantly expanding its existing application areas with the joint venture. At the same time, the company is also increasing its competence in drinking water supply and hygiene. For the first time, the Internet of Things is being linked with an intelligent monitoring and control of the drinking water supply. This is an important step in the field of smart house technologies.
Early warning system for leaks
Utilities companies could avoid the waste and loss of water during transport and thus save resources and money. The early warning of leaks or pipe breaks reduces damage and thus reduces insurance premiums, for example. Expert planers would be able to access digital data from systems that have already been installed when planning the dimensions of drinking water systems. HVAC specialist companies could offer their customers additional monitoring services:
Analyse water quality in seconds
Check water online
Water quality is usually measured by means of samples, which first provide a laboratory result days after the sampling. The young Finnish company UWater, which has been a part of Uponor since 2016, takes a completely different approach. The process relies on the online monitoring of water quality. The forward-looking technology is based on sensors. They detect and measure concentrations of particles and microbes living in the water in real-time.
Thanks to the online monitoring, an early warning system can be installed for the quality measuring of drinking water. If the measured results are above the permissible values, then the consumers can be alerted very quickly. The innovative technology will make the drinking water supply much safer. Health hazards are avoided and costs are lowered. The UWater process is ideal for municipal drinking water supplies, but also for applications in industry, in residential buildings and in public buildings, such as hospitals, nursing homes and hotels.