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Liqinet remotely monitors water body levels used for an early flood warning system, tank water level monitoring and many other applications.
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Liquinet remotely monitors water body levels used for an early flood warning system, tank water level monitoring and many other applications.

Overview

Liquinet provides a reliable and affordable way to remotely monitor liquid levels of a variety of systems. The solution enables those reported levels to be used in a variety of useful ways.

The solution can be used with the majority of liquid monitoring scenarios. For example for water storage systems to warn when resource levels are running low and need to be refilled, or with drainage systems to warn when of a potential flood event.

The Liquinet solution is comprised of an ultrasonic fill level sensor (nPod) a web based management (Hub) platform and APIs to share data with 3rd party solutions.

nPod Featres:

Proven & Reliable Sensing

At the heart of the Liquinet solution is the nPod, an industry proven sensor that has been deployed since 2014 in various applications and is now its 3rd refinement. We continually develop the nPod to ensure that Liquinet provides the most reliable, accurate and useful data to the users of the system.

Waterproof & Rugged

The nPod has been custom designed by FarSite to be strong and waterproof in the hardest environments. The IP67 rated enclosure means the nPod is ideal for use in wet environments and will continue to work after being submerged in a flood event.

Flexible Install Barrel

nPod’s unique moveable sensor barrel makes installation into a variety of situations quick and easy. Simply select the optimum location, adjust the sensors barrel to the spot to be measured then lock it into place.

nPod can be mounted on the underside of drains or bridges, onto vertical walls and onto angled surfaces with ease.

Web Based Platform Features:

Web Based Platform

The Liquinet Hub is accessible online without installing any software. The Hub enables a quick assessment of water levels across the area by using a variety of views and filters. It enables remote configuration of nPods and creation of automated alerts.

With three user access levels it can be used by various staff for viewing only or in depth configuration.

Comprehensive Warning System

Built into the nPod and Hub is the automated and responsive alerts feature that enables important data to be prioritised at a sensor level and then quickly dispatched to staff by the platform.

Alerts can be triggered by a variety of parameters such as water level above or below a defined value, temperature, vibration, breakdown in communications and many more.

Full Historical Record

Liquinet securely stores all of the collected data from each nPod for viewing in a historical graph. Alerts can be sent to users of the Liquinet system by email, Hub alert, text or WeChat.

This powerful tool enables deep analysis of flood events or water usage which has been a valuable tool to Liquinet users to date.

System Health Checks

FarSite are well known for excellent attention to detail and a fast pragmatic approach to technical support.

For your piece of mind all Liquinet systems are monitored by FarSite’s automated tools too seek out errors and anomalies, this is all part of the Liquinet service. Our experienced support engineers review possible issues and if they think it’s a problem will contact you about it with a suggested action, most issues can be compensated for with an altered configuration so a trip to that location is often not necessary.

Users can also themselves configure alerts in the Hub to be notified if a sensor stops reporting in and other unusual events so the system tell you if it detects an issue saving time and keeping the system working optimally.

Future Proof Solution

All components of the Liquinet solution are being continually enhanced and developed by our in-house team. nPod’s installed in the field can be updated over the air to the take advantage of new features, techniques and fixes.

The Hub is similarly under constant development to ensure Liquinet is at the cutting edge of liquid level monitoring.

nPod is available with a variety of communication options to ensure a future proof options is available for your area.

nPod proves its diversity successfully monitoring flood zones for Knowsley Council

netBin flood project

Overview

Since December 2018 FarSite have been working with KaarbonTech and Tarmac to provide Liquinet, an innovative flood warning system for Knowsley Council.

Liquinet flood sensors

Capitalising on a wealth of in-house expertise and years of nPod development the solution has been a huge success giving early warning to operatives who can take preventative action.

netBin flood warning sensors

Two nPods monitoring water levels in Knowsley culvert

The Problem

Whiston Lane in Knowsley has been subject to a major flood event in December 2017 caused by intense/prolonged rainfall. Investigations were carried out and further monitoring was needed.

The Outcome

During last 9 months of monitoring a number of near flood events occurred where levels past the alert level. However in June 2019 the water levels surpassed the alarm level and the council were able to respond. Flood sacks were issued to residents and a pump was prepared should the level continue to rise. On this occasion the level started to fall a few hours later and the teams stood down.

Darren Sephton – Knowsley Council

Having all this data to hand is incredible. Kaarbontech set the alarms on the gully sensors and the culvert to actually ring us when levels where getting dangerously high. This wasn’t a standard solution but Kaarbontech worked tirelessly to give us what we needed to prevent further flooding in the area.

Solution overview

Liquinet’s Flood warning system monitors the water level inside drainage gulley’s, culverts and under low bridges. As water levels raise past set thresholds our nPods immediately connect to the management platform so that warning messages can be sent by email, text or WEchat to the relevant teams.

nPod Sensors

FarSite has complete control over the performance and setup of nPod’s ultrasonic sensors. This flexibility allows our sensors to monitor various types of bins but also water levels inside gully’s, culverts and under bridges.

  • FarSite have optimised the nPod to detect the water surface to high degree of accuracy up to a distance of 4m. The nPod can also detect when it is underwater.
  • nPod is IP67 rated and has been tested to much tougher levels ensuring regular submersion in flood water is no problem and is to be expected.
  • nPod’s large internal antenna allows for reliable connections under gully drains at road level.
nPod in Gulley

nPod underneath Knowsley gulley cover

Alan Williams – KaarbonTech

“Having confidence in the accuracy of the data and a system that reports against high risk or prioritised areas allows us to make swift decisions. With proactive decisions we were able to avert any possible danger to the properties in the area. In doing so it also regained the trust of the residents in Knowsley”

HUB Management Platform

The management platform provides the essential functionality for flood warnings;

  • Displays current water levels
  • Displays historic water levels graphically
  • Remotely alter configuration of sensors
  • Setup and manage flood alerts to key operatives

netBin HUB Flood warning

Kaarbontech

Gulley and asset management specialist KaarbonTech have a wealth of experience and have deployed and managed the first gulley sensor project with Liquinet which is now expected to expand.

If you would like to deploy your own flood sensors then get in touch with OneTemp's experienced team about using our Liquinet flood sensors.

About FarSite Communications

FarSite is the developer of the smart city focused netBin waste monitoring product suite, Liquinet flood sensors and has also developed wide variety of data communication products and services for the business sector. These products include Gateways and M2M / IoT products, supplied through a global network of distributors, with products shipped to over 100 countries.

The company is based in Basingstoke UK and Guangzhou, China and can boast export sales to a highly prestigious international client list. These include some of the world’s leading names in the banking, government, aerospace, military and retail communications sectors.

FarSite is a past winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade category

Press information from:

Lloyd Scott, FarSite Communications Ltd.

nPod Technical Specification

Fill Measurement Sensor Dual high sensitivity 40KHz ultrasonic sensor
Variable angle sensor housing 135° range lockable by 2 discrete grub screws
Depth Range 5cm – 400cm (up to 600cm with long range sensor) Accuracy +/- 2cm
Temperature Sensor Reports temperature
Enclosure Ingress Protection Rating IP67
Material ABS Polycarbonate
Fixing M6 tamper proof machine screw
Dimensions 140 x 122 x 46 mm excluding fixing mounts
Weight         Approx 440g
Operating Temperature -30oC to +80oC
Battery Lifetime 10 years (2 updates per day average)
Communication options GPRS, 3G, nB-IoT (NB1), LTE Cat-M1
Approvals and compliance CE, FCC, RoHS2, REACH, WEEE

Liquinet remotely monitors water body levels used for an early flood warning system, tank water level monitoring and many other applications.

Overview

Liquinet provides a reliable and affordable way to remotely monitor liquid levels of a variety of systems. The solution enables those reported levels to be used in a variety of useful ways.

The solution can be used with the majority of liquid monitoring scenarios. For example for water storage systems to warn when resource levels are running low and need to be refilled, or with drainage systems to warn when of a potential flood event.

The Liquinet solution is comprised of an ultrasonic fill level sensor (nPod) a web based management (Hub) platform and APIs to share data with 3rd party solutions.

nPod Featres:

Proven & Reliable Sensing

At the heart of the Liquinet solution is the nPod, an industry proven sensor that has been deployed since 2014 in various applications and is now its 3rd refinement. We continually develop the nPod to ensure that Liquinet provides the most reliable, accurate and useful data to the users of the system.

Waterproof & Rugged

The nPod has been custom designed by FarSite to be strong and waterproof in the hardest environments. The IP67 rated enclosure means the nPod is ideal for use in wet environments and will continue to work after being submerged in a flood event.

Flexible Install Barrel

nPod’s unique moveable sensor barrel makes installation into a variety of situations quick and easy. Simply select the optimum location, adjust the sensors barrel to the spot to be measured then lock it into place.

nPod can be mounted on the underside of drains or bridges, onto vertical walls and onto angled surfaces with ease.

Web Based Platform Features:

Web Based Platform

The Liquinet Hub is accessible online without installing any software. The Hub enables a quick assessment of water levels across the area by using a variety of views and filters. It enables remote configuration of nPods and creation of automated alerts.

With three user access levels it can be used by various staff for viewing only or in depth configuration.

Comprehensive Warning System

Built into the nPod and Hub is the automated and responsive alerts feature that enables important data to be prioritised at a sensor level and then quickly dispatched to staff by the platform.

Alerts can be triggered by a variety of parameters such as water level above or below a defined value, temperature, vibration, breakdown in communications and many more.

Full Historical Record

Liquinet securely stores all of the collected data from each nPod for viewing in a historical graph. Alerts can be sent to users of the Liquinet system by email, Hub alert, text or WeChat.

This powerful tool enables deep analysis of flood events or water usage which has been a valuable tool to Liquinet users to date.

System Health Checks

FarSite are well known for excellent attention to detail and a fast pragmatic approach to technical support.

For your piece of mind all Liquinet systems are monitored by FarSite’s automated tools too seek out errors and anomalies, this is all part of the Liquinet service. Our experienced support engineers review possible issues and if they think it’s a problem will contact you about it with a suggested action, most issues can be compensated for with an altered configuration so a trip to that location is often not necessary.

Users can also themselves configure alerts in the Hub to be notified if a sensor stops reporting in and other unusual events so the system tell you if it detects an issue saving time and keeping the system working optimally.

Future Proof Solution

All components of the Liquinet solution are being continually enhanced and developed by our in-house team. nPod’s installed in the field can be updated over the air to the take advantage of new features, techniques and fixes.

The Hub is similarly under constant development to ensure Liquinet is at the cutting edge of liquid level monitoring.

nPod is available with a variety of communication options to ensure a future proof options is available for your area.