Internet Enabled Consumer Devices

Using LoRaWAN to monitor and prevent gas leaks

13 April 2021

Senet Inc. and Lorax Systems are teaming together to use long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) and smart metering systems to monitor and prevent potentially hazardous natural gas incidents.

Gas leaks happen frequently for utilities due to natural disaster or equipment failure. When a leak occurs, utility providers are generally notified by customers. However, by the time a utility can respond, a significant amount of leaked gas has created a dangerous situation for consumers as well as for the workers who must fix it.

Adding sensing and alerting systems to valve shut-off capabilities allows utilities to gain awareness and control of the gas distribution systems to contain gas leaks before they become a safety issue.

Lorax’s meter and service shut-off valves will work with Senet’s LoRaWAN network for 24/7 monitoring with automatic and remote gas shut-off capabilities when hazardous conditions have been detected at any location that uses Senet’s low power wide area network (LPWAN) connectivity.

Lorax’s smart meters are cloud-enabled and offer automatic shut-off in the event of methane detection, over pressurization, fire or flood using internet of things (IoT) connectivity for insights and remote operation. Lorax’s service valve is an underground intelligent safety shutoff device that halts the flow of gas in the event of a breach in the service line.

Senet and Lorax are engaged in field trials with large multi-utility service providers focused on improving safety levels and reliability across regional natural gas distribution networks.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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