LAIIER Cloud is our water leak detection solution that uses our Severn Water Leak Detection (Severn WLD), a smart water leak sensing tape. Each Severn WLD can be installed wherever you want to monitor for leaks and you can overview each device’s status and data via LAIIER Cloud. Because Severn WLD installs like tape, each Severn WLD can be set up and installed within minutes. However, there are some best practices in order to achieve the best outcome.
Step 1: Initial Testing
Because Severn WLD is so unique, we often find our customers wanting to test and set up Severn WLD in a controlled environment when they are using Severn WLD for the first time. This involves connecting the sensor and the hardware together, applying water to the sensor and seeing the data coming in LAIIER Cloud, changing the sensitivity and exploring all the potential use cases you could address.
Step 2: Assessment
Once you are familiar with Severn WLD and you understand its potential, the next step is to assess the building or property first that you want to monitor for any potential leak points. This assessment will help determine the best locations for the device and the number of devices required.
Each Severn WLD needs to be installed underneath where a leak might occur so that the water can collect on the sensor when a leak is forming. Additionally, each device needs to establish a connection to the LoRaWAN network, for which you require a LoRaWAN gateway. We provide these gateways as part of the LAIIER Cloud package and one gateway can serve multiple devices.
A gateway can be as far as a couple of kilometres from the device, but this is influenced by a building’s infrastructure. Initially, try to place the gateway somewhere central to all the locations you want to monitor.
Step 3: Installation
With the assessment complete, the next step is to install the Severn WLDs at each location that you determined during your assessment. The installation of a Severn WLD device can be done by anyone, there is no professional training needed: it’s as simple as sticking down tape. Connect the sensor to the hardware, remove the battery safety tab and check if it connects to the LoRaWAN network. If it doesn’t, place an additional gateway closer to the location that you want to monitor.
Just like tape, the sensor adheres best to clean surfaces without any debris and dust. If it proves to be difficult to remove the debris, you can leave the adhesive backing on the sensor and just lay the sensor down, provided it won’t be accidentally removed.
Step 4: Configuration
Once all the devices are installed, it is important to configure the system. This can be done via a browser on your phone or computer by logging in to LAIIER Cloud. The configuration process includes setting up alerts for water leaks, setting up reports about any water detection, and setting up any other preferences.
Step 5: Adjustment
From here on, LAIIER Cloud will alert you of any leaks and report any water collecting on the sensor. Each Severn WLD sensor has 12 regions that can detect whether they are wet and a leak event is defined as 4 regions being wet. You can adjust these settings to either have one region already being a leak event or all 12 regions; this helps you reduce the number of false positives. So over time, depending on the location you are monitoring, you might want to adjust the number of regions that need to be wet before an emergency message is sent.
In conclusion, the deployment of LAIIER Cloud involves testing the Severn WLD technology first, assessing the property and installing and configuring the devices. By following these steps, property owners and insurance companies can ensure that with LAIIER Cloud they are able to detect water leaks early and prevent any water damage.