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
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?
We’ve all heard of LifeStraw, but Sawyer’s competing travel water filtration system offers a lot more flexibility. The PointOne squeeze water filtration kit, which typically costs around $25-$30, includes a filtration straw, a 32 ounce water bladder, and a cleaning syringe to occasionally backwash the filter and speed up your filtration rate. You can fill the bladder from a stream, pond, or questionable spigot, screw on the straw, and then squeeze safe drinking water into the vessel of your choice. Alternatively, the filter straw is compatible with most standard threaded water bottles and hydration packs, so if you forget the bladder at home, you’re not out of luck. Like most of these types of products, the PointOne filters out essentially all bacteria (think salmonella and E.coli), as well as protozoa (giardia and cryptosporidium), but it won’t filter out heavy metals like lead. Basically, water in nature should be fine, but questionable water pipes are still … [Read more...] about Clean Water Is Always a Squeeze Away With Sawyer’s PointOne Filter
It’s been more than four years since the water crisis struck Flint, Michigan, and residents are still reeling, particularly parents worried about the impact of lead on young children’s development. In a seeming bit of good news, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday that the school district’s water is finally just as safe—or safer than—bottled water. Trust, however, is a problem for people living in Flint. No matter how safe the water is, some city residents won’t be so quick to believe the government again. After all, the city has fudged water samples in the past. The state knew the water wasn’t safe and let the city of nearly 100,000 use it anyway. And the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates public water at the federal level, concluded earlier this month that the Flint water crisis was, in large part, its fault. Perhaps residents shouldn’t be so quick to trust, said Laura Sullivan, an engineering … [Read more...] about Why It’s Hard for Flint Residents to Trust That School Water Is Lead-Free
If you haven’t built and launched water rockets with your kid, you’re missing out on an awesome project. With 10 bucks or so worth of parts, an air pump, and an empty soda bottle or two, you can have a blast of an afternoon and learn some elementary rocketry. Even the most jaded kid will be blown away by the sheer power and height of a properly constructed water rocket. I promise. How Water Rockets Work Water rockets work exactly like their big brothers at NASA. A reaction mass is forced out of a vessel with pressurized gas, sending the payload into the air. In this case, the pressure vessel is a soda bottle, the reaction mass is plain water, and the pressurized gas is air pumped in with a bicycle pump. With these simple concepts, you can send a Coke bottle hurtling hundreds of feet into the air and impress all the other kids at the playground. Maybe it’s not as remarkable as the launch of an Apollo rocket, but I’ll bet Elon Musk’s first launch was a water … [Read more...] about How to Make a Water Rocket With Your Kid