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Design and Implementation of a Pressure Monitoring System Based on IoT for Water Supply Networks

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Department of Agronomy, University of Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, Ed. Da Vinci, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, Ed. Da Vinci, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Department of Applied Physics, University of Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(15), 4247; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20154247
Received: 8 July 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 28 July 2020 / Published: 30 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Internet of Things)
Increasing the efficiency of water supply networks is essential in arid and semi-arid regions to ensure the supply of drinking water to the inhabitants. The cost of renovating these systems is high. However, customized management models can facilitate the maintenance and rehabilitation of hydraulic infrastructures by optimizing the use of resources. The implementation of current Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring systems allows decisions to be based on objective data. In water supply systems, IoT helps to monitor the key elements to improve system efficiency. To implement IoT in a water distribution system requires sensors that are suitable for measuring the main hydraulic variables, a communication system that is adaptable to the water service companies and a friendly system for data analysis and visualization. A smart pressure monitoring and alert system was developed using low-cost hardware and open-source software. An Arduino family microcontroller transfers pressure gauge signals using Sigfox communication, a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN). The IoT ThingSpeak platform is used for data analysis and visualization. Additionally, the system can send alarms via SMS/email in real time using the If This, Then That (IFTTT) web service when anomalous pressure data are detected. The pressure monitoring system was successfully implemented in a real water distribution network in Spain. It was able to detect both breakdowns and leaks in real time. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitalization; information and communication technologies (ICT); low power wide area network (LPWAN); Arduino microcontroller; ThingSpeak; web service digitalization; information and communication technologies (ICT); low power wide area network (LPWAN); Arduino microcontroller; ThingSpeak; web service
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Pérez-Padillo, J.; García Morillo, J.; Ramirez-Faz, J.; Torres Roldán, M.; Montesinos, P. Design and Implementation of a Pressure Monitoring System Based on IoT for Water Supply Networks. Sensors 2020, 20, 4247. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20154247

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Pérez-Padillo J, García Morillo J, Ramirez-Faz J, Torres Roldán M, Montesinos P. Design and Implementation of a Pressure Monitoring System Based on IoT for Water Supply Networks. Sensors. 2020; 20(15):4247. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20154247

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Pérez-Padillo, José, Jorge García Morillo, José Ramirez-Faz, Manuel Torres Roldán, and Pilar Montesinos. 2020. "Design and Implementation of a Pressure Monitoring System Based on IoT for Water Supply Networks" Sensors 20, no. 15: 4247. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20154247

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