In the future, we will face stronger and more concentrated extreme weather. The requirements for water and wastewater management are mounting, through several different regulations and sustainability measures.
With reliable data and smart measurements, however, the risk of extensive damage to the environment, infrastructure and buildings can be significantly reduced. This has been our inspiration when developing CityGuard – a system that collects and visualizes data for managing wastewater and drinking water supply.
Xepto's systems run steadily as Swiss watches – even in extreme conditions – with battery-powered and wireless technology. The result is an entire infrastructure with the capacity to lead its own underground life, while guarding the values above.
CityGuard provides the insights to act quickly, correctly, and proactively. This can prove to be invaluable – in a large value chain of environment, economy and people.
There are increasingly stringent requirements for managing the challenges within water- and sewage systems. Consequentially, our microtechnology helps more and more Norwegian municipalities to obtain large amounts of data. When properly analyzed, problems can be diagnosed and plans for action can be made in time. Our system can be installed in locations without electricity and makes it possible to monitor operations anywhere.
- Get a wireless and battery-powered infrastructure underground, which transmits capacity data for years without supervision
- Calculate the amount of overflow water to recipients
- Make optimal use of existing infrastructure
- Reduce the proportion of extraneous water entering pumping stations to save operating costs and service time
- Ensure that the water is up to quality standards
- Ensure safe water delivery
- Receive alerts in the event of leaks and deviations
- Secure manholes by, for example, detecting the opening of manhole covers
- Have wear sensors for manhole covers installed
THAT TIES IT ALL
CityGuard Connect is the heart of the CityGuard underground infrastructure. The terminal is designed to thrive in some of the world's most extreme spaces. Consequently, it is both water- and dustproof, as well as built in a shockproof material – while the batteries are rechargeable and designed to last for many years.
Sensors send data to the terminal via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and receive power from the terminal via cable. As for the terminal, it communicates with Xepto's servers via NB-IoT or LTE-M over the cellular network.
Our radar measures both height and speed of water in open gutters and water mirrors – delivering precise measurement of the amount of water. The radar also measures distance to other elements, such as manhole covers.
CityGuard Radar is extremely energy efficient, delivering high-resolution data for many years, without charging or replacing batteries. The product also meets the IP67 standard, which means that it’s dust and waterproof.
Being able to install a sensor in water – under pressure – has been a challenge for many years, as well as a strong request from many customers. Together with Ulefos we have solved this by developing a sensor wand that can be mounted on the service valve outlet on sluice valve: with the use of a jack, the sensors are passed through the service valve and into the water flow. The wand is powered through a cable from the terminal.
After installation, CityGuard Wand can measure speed, pressure, turbidity, and temperature, which ensures both delivery and quality of the drinking water.
Extraneous water is a huge challenge that has both economic and environmental consequences. To reduce the amount of extraneous water is thus a part of many countries' ambitious strategies for environmental sustainability.
CityGuard can come to an aid by measuring water flow in open gutters with its radar technology. By comparing the water flow with trends, historical data and precipitation data, you will be able to see deviations and be notified of extraneous water. You can even find the source. This way, the problems can be diagnosed, and measures implemented in time.
Most countries have strict regulations on registration of overflow time, duration and number of incidents within a given period. Xepto already aids more than 70 customers with their measurements and reporting. Future requirements may also include actual volume of water that makes out any overflow.
Cityguard uses a contactless radar sensor that measures both height and water velocity when the water enters an overflow pipe. This pipe has a known cross section, allowing us to calculate the amount of water overflowing. This solution also makes it possible to set up an automatic reporting service to local authorities.
A threshold overflow pipe is an overflow pipe for emergencies. If the water exceeds a given height in the main pipe, the water will flow into a parallel pipe and further out into the recipient. In order to measure this exceeding amount of water, the water is channeled into a V-threshold. With a fixed cross-section, we provide a basis for calculating the amount of water.
Along with the CityGuard Radar that measures water flow in the drainage pipe, this V-threshold will detect when the amount of water in the drainage pipe is saturated and the water flows into the overflow pipe.
Using radar, CityGuard measures changes in water level. Locations for such measurements may be smaller ponds and water basins, to be able to predict water flow in streams and smaller rivers.
By mounting a radar at each end of a culvert, it is possible to detect blockages and limitations in the water flow – for example twigs and tassels – by measuring the difference in water height.
CityGuard Wand can measure:
By measuring speed and pressure at two different measuring sites – preferably in sluice vaults – we can find the difference between the two markers. This data can be utilized to detect leaks or other deviations.
Turbidity and temperature are parameters used to measure water quality.
Installation of the sensor does not require operational interruptions, but can be executed while in production, with water under pressure. The wand is routed into the water flow through a service valve.
Xepto CityGuard has several solutions to ensure optimal coverage for data transfer. One of them is to mount antennas on the outside of drains, which works even in busy roads.
We have developed several different solutions with our partner Ulefos, where the antenna is milled into the dome, or mounted in asphalt or on poles.
Our experience and our patents make it possible to find coverage in the most difficult places, and they are even out of sight.