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REPORT : Connected floating analyzers

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analyseurs flottants connectés

 

It is indeed an unusual coincidence that several connected water analysers have arrived in the market at the same time, new, intelligent devices ready to seduce your clientele, starting this 2017 season.
It is a safe bet that these new devices are going to be highly successful among the general public, and generate revenue as well.

 

                                                                                                                             
WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY ?

 

Born from a generally acknowledged reality that «maintaining a swimming pool soon becomes burdensome», four different start-ups have designed a connected device to relieve pool owners of the constraints related to the regular analysis of their pool water: the interpretation of the results, the ideal solutions to apply if need be, balancing of the water composition, and the concern when they are absent from home for any length of time, leaving the water unattended. In short, to create a device that makes all worries disappear.


The function of these new connected devices with their sleek designs, is to analyse the essential parameters of swimming pool water and to transmit reliable results in real time to one or more computerised supports such as a smartphone, a digital tablet and/or computer.
They come in a cylindrical shape, either floating vertically in the water, or fixed to the wall under the edge of the pool with a suction cup.

 

Ofi ASAMGO

Ofi Zen and Ofi Light (Asamgo)

Ofi Zen

Ofi Zen in its receptacle (Asamgo)

 


Although connected, these devices cannot be assimilated to home automation networks since there is no interaction between the transmitter and the receiver. If, by way of comparison, we were to look for a device that is similar, then we would agree that these are inspired by the wireless floating digital thermometers for swimming pools introduced in the beginning of 2010, which transmitted the temperature of the water and external temperature in real time to a mobile station. One may even say that these thermometers may no longer be attractive if these new connected devices achieve the success anticipated.

 

Now, for those of our readers who follow trade news on the other side of the Atlantic, we would explain that these devices are a sort of extension of the pHin, conceived by an American start-up and intended for the American market.


HOW DO THESE DEVISES WORK ?  

                                                                   
In addition to embedded electronics that use complex algorithms, they are equipped with the latest generation analytical probes that manage the key parameters needed to ensure the correct balance of the swimming pool water. Thus, the pH, chlorine or bromine content, salt content, conductivity, general hardness and alkalinity are measured, not forgetting water temperature.

 

ICO ONDILO

ICO (Ondilo)

 

This information is then transmitted to one or more terminals (smartphone, digital tablet and/or computer) through a network - in this case the Sigfox, which is fast becoming an international standard.  The Sigfox is a very low-speed network that works independently of the Internet, the 3G or 4G, it has an extensive grid and is devoted exclusively to connected objects. The consumer do;es not need to subscribe to it as the manufacturer of the device assumes this task.

 

When a Smartphone application is added to the connected object, the consumer can set up categories and the frequency of notifications.  The user can also take advantage of the practical information and suggestions given regarding any measures to be taken based on the results obtained, access the history of previous analyses stored in its memory, even order water treatment products online for home delivery, and in some cases, be put in contact with the pool specialist by telephone.
 


FOR SWIMMING POOL AND SPA OWNERS

                                                
Whether it is a swimming pool treated with chlorine, bromine, or salt-water chlorination, whether the pool is equipped with an automatic cover or not, these devices remain compatible.
They are meant for owners of family pools and/or spas that do not have automatic controls.


As for chlorinators, a clarification for those who consider this type of treatment as automatic and do not see the advantage of a connected analyser: although the production of disinfectant is ensured in a linear and regular manner, the fact remains that an insufficiency or excess of salinity in the water is harmful to electrodes and that the exact level of salt the water contains is still a key indicator for prolonging its service live.

 


WATER ANALYSIS, BUT THAT’S NOT ALL...

                                     

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blue (RIIOT LABS)

Beyond the analyses collected directly, these devices provide additional information and sound advice.
Let us take a few examples: If they are linked to weather information, they are prepared and alerted to deal with it proactively.

 

One of the analysers has integrated the fact that rain imbalances the pH of a pool, lowering or increasing it.  The application therefore advises the user to add or decrease the pH in the pool water to avoid an imbalance of the pH when rain is forecast, as this inevitably results in lower chlorine efficiency.


Another example: when the temperature of the water drops below the set point the application alerts the owner that it is time to take measures to prepare the wintering of the swimming pool.

 


MONITORING SEVERAL POOLS AT A TIME

                                     
It is possible to set up several swimming pools (for example, one in the client’s home and another in his holiday home), and also to enable the client to share the information measured in his swimming pool with various members of his family or with a neighbour, etc.


An ideal solution when one is away from home for long periods, without having to worry about the condition of the pool when one returns if it had remained unattended.

 

Flipr Ctac-Tech

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Flipr (Ctac-Tech)

 

 

 

 

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