Product Spotlight - Water: September 2021

Product Spotlight - Water: September 2021

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Monitoring system warns of environmental threats to water facilities

Water treatment facilities continue to become more automated, but there are drawbacks. What happens if a piece of that automation malfunctions? How long will it take to identify and correct the problem if the facility isn’t constantly staffed? How much damage could be done?

To help operators of smaller water and wastewater facilities who do not staff their premises around the clock, Sensaphone offers two low-cost early warning systems. These remote monitoring systems notify personnel immediately of changes in environmental conditions that can indicate equipment malfunction. The Sensaphone 1400 and 1800 systems let users remotely keep tabs on sensor reading fluctuations of pump status, tank level and pump alarm outputs. 

The Sensaphone 1800 system can accommodate up to eight sensors to monitor conditions such as temperature, humidity, air circulation, carbon dioxide, water pH, water leaks, fire, smoke, power failure and unauthorized access. The Sensaphone 1400 system can accommodate up to four sensors. Both systems connect to any traditional telephone line and provide 24/7 monitoring. 

When these systems detect that a sensor reading has moved out of the preset range, they immediately alert up to eight people with custom phone calls. This alert gives personnel the chance to arrive on site quickly to address the situation and avert serious damage to the facility or water processing malfunction.

Users can get quick status checks and make easy on-site programming changes using the keypad. When checking sensor readings, these systems let users know the actual value of the monitored condition, not simply whether conditions are OK or not OK.

The Sensaphone 1400 and 1800 systems can also switch a local device, such as a light, on or off based on alarm activity. An optional microphone allows users to call in and listen to on-site sounds.

The internal rechargeable battery backup provides 24 hours of continuous monitoring and alerts in the event of a power outage. Each monitoring unit is sealed in a weatherproof NEMA-4X enclosure to protect it from moisture, dirt and chemicals. Operators can obtain the status of each monitored condition at the installation site or via telephone. In addition to dry contact, 2.8K, and 10K thermistor inputs, 4-20mA support allows for third-party sensor integration. Nonvolatile memory retains system settings, programming, and even logs in the event of power failure. The user can call in by phone to get the status of each monitored condition. 855-807-1887; www.sensaphone.com



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