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Trident Network: IoT Can Save Money Through Early Cooling Tower Overflow or Leak Detection
October 27, 2015 - Health Care Facilities
Question: Are the benefits and advantages of IoT technology being realized today, and can you provide a specific example?
Answer: Trident Network’s MeterReader TM is the key to an effective Evaporation Credit Program for buildings with cooling towers, irrigation systems, or large humidifiers. Trident currently monitors over 250 sites in 31 states. One major retailer realizes annual savings approaching $500,000 each year. Additional savings are produced through early cooling tower overflow or leak detection, and identification of faulty fill valves or failed blow-down solenoids.
Recently added features include automatic email alerts when towers overflow, or when water consumption exceeds the previous seven-day average by a pre-selected percentage. Alerts are tied to a specific sub-meter and can be sent to multiple contacts or adjusted for frequency. Savings from evaporation credits can pay for the equipment in 1 to 2 years, sometimes less. One California grocery store recovered their equipment cost in four months. Sub-meter sizes can range from 5/8 to 4 inches or larger and communicate to Trident's MeterReader TM via radio signal. The MeterReader dials out each night and populates daily consumption data on Trident's website. Email alerts are generated as events occur, eliminating delays and reducing wasted water.
Water-cooled equipment can produce savings in some cases. Trident Network can help realize those savings.
Source: Robert Mabry, Vice President, Evaporation Credit Program, Trident Network.
For more insights on the products, technology, benefits and challenges of the Building Internet of Things, visit www.FacilitiesNet.com/IoT