What is the IoT? Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things right now The Internet of Things explained: What the IoT is, and where it's going next. Read More Government utility service Hunter Water will trial Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for its water networks, with NNNCo to provide sensors that assist in detecting leaks and predicting water main bursts before they occur. The 12-month trial will test a range of sensors that monitor water pressure and flow in parts of the Hunter Water network in the Lake Macquarie area. NNNCo's publicly available LoRaWAN network and N2N-DL data platform will be used to enable the IoT-powered water pipe solutions for the trial. "The potential is to be smarter with the management of existing assets and reduce spend on new or replacement infrastructure," NNNCo founder and CEO Rob Zagarella said. "That has positive impacts for the utility as well as the broader community by reducing cost and environmental impacts." SEE … [Read more...] about NNNCo trials IoT network for Hunter region’s water pipe network
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I have had the misfortune to experience the results of two leaks inside my home. Trust me when I tell you that if you haven't gone through this, you really have no idea how bad it can get. The first occurred quite some time ago. I went to work in the morning, worked a long day, and came home... to my basement apartment filled with five inches of water. My cat was cowering on my bed, clearly quite freaked out. As it turns out, one of the hoses to the washer had split. Water from the hose flooded into my apartment for hours. Later, I was told by the insurance adjuster that the top source of in-home flooding is broken washer lines, and the best way to prevent that from happening is to spend a few bucks and upgrade to metal lines. Let that be a hint to you. I've always upgraded my washer lines since that day.Read more: CNET lab tests the Flo It took more than two months for my life to go back to normal. Thankfully, most of the expense was covered by the apartment management and … [Read more...] about Can the Flo smart water monitor save you big bucks?
Hot Links We spend way too much time on the internet The bottled water industry is seeing a downturn, reports The Wall Street Journal. As consumers become more mindful about use of single-use plastic items like straws and utensils, single-serving water bottles have also dropped in popularity: “A consumer backlash against disposable plastic plus new government mandates and bans in places such as zoos and department stores have the world’s biggest bottled-water makers scrambling to find alternatives.” Earlier this year, Evian pledged to switch to an all-recycled bottle by 2025, up from its current status of 30 percent. But that capability, WSJ notes, is not really there yet: “There’s a big problem. The industry has tried and failed for years to make a better bottle.” Recycled supplies of clean, clear plastic remain scarce. The industry previously saw amazing growth of 284 percent between 1984 and 2017, as bottled water surged in popularity. … [Read more...] about Plastic water bottles may be drying up, says
Testing of 259 plastic water bottles from nine counties revealed microplastic particles in water from 242 of the bottles, according to a new report. The test has prompted the World Health Organization to review the issue, though there is no firm evidence that the presence of microplastics would make bottled water unsafe to drink. There have been increasing discussions about the potential harm posed by microplastics, tiny plastic particles that have shown up in the oceans and in food chains. But new testing, done by nonprofit journalism organization Orb Media, found micrometer-sized plastic flecks inside bottles from brands you’ve heard of, including Evian, Aquafina, Dasani, and San Pellegrino. Orb’s researchers analyzed the water using a dye that binds to plastic, a method that two of the bottled water companies say is unreliable. According to the Orb Media report: For plastic particles in the 100 micron, or 0.10 millimeter size range, tests conducted for Orb at the State … [Read more...] about Report Finds Microplastic in 93% of Bottled Water Tested, But Don’t Freak Out Yet
Larry David’s 24-year-old daughter, Cazzie David (who also used to date this guy) has apparently been getting after Kim Kardashian for her what she alleges is an excessive plastic bottle use problem. Us Weekly reports the simmering dispute began in July when Kardashian posted an Instagram Story that read “Plastic Emergency” and “Our next generation has to live with this! Let’s care enough to fix it!” David responded with an Instagram Story of her own, writing “Have your family stop using plastic water bottles! 30% of the worlds plastic consumption is in the Kardashian refrigerators.” Then, on Thursday, the issue resurfaced when Kardashian said on her KKW app of David, “I guess she DM’d me. She said, ‘You should stop using plastic water bottles in your home.’ And then somehow that was calling me out. She screengrabbed and called me, then posted it. If I am posting something and I am socially aware about something, … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian and Cazzie David Argue About Plastic Sometimes