TA firm monitoring Barcelona water system

Blue I Water Technologies was previously active in Paris and Beijing, too.

February 26, 2012 22:58
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A Tel Aviv-based water-monitoring technology firm is currently in the process of installing 140 of its quality-inspection devices in Barcelona and 40 more in other areas of Spain.

Having completed a pilot phase of the project that began a year and a half ago, the company, Blue I Water Technologies, is now amid the commercial phase of its project to allow for the monitoring of water quality in cities throughout Spain.

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The company has previously been part of water-quality monitoring partnerships with cities and companies throughout the world, including eastern suburbs of Paris, the Olympic swimming pool in Beijing, Euro Disney and the Israel Electric Corporation.

However, its newest device, called the Low Energy Analyzer (LEA), is a “smart box” that is installed in water pipes underneath Spanish streets and uses a water analyzer and data-logger to collect and transmit data about water quality to a control center, company CEO Jacob Azran told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

The LEA can inspect water quality and warn about problematic levels on up to eight parameters – including chlorine, poisons, gas concentrations and other contaminants – and then makes the information immediately available on the Internet or through a mobile phone. Completely independent of electricity, LEA operates on long-lasting batteries and can remain dormant between active monitoring intervals, when it automatically wakes up according to preset conditions, Azran explained.

“You can foresee and predict problems just by measuring the changes of the level of the chlorine of the water,” he said.

Throughout the next year and a half, Blue I Water Technologies will also install an additional 150 systems throughout other parts of Spain.

Meanwhile, Azran said the company also intends to cooperate with one of the Israeli municipal water corporations to begin installations in a pilot city at home.

“It basically started from a [need] that came from Spain and we started working from there,” he said.

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