LACROIX Sofrel launches new range of IoT data loggers for IFAT 2018

LACROIX Sofrel has launched its new range of data loggers, available to view at IFAT in Munich

LACROIX Sofrel, a company with over 40 years’ of expertise in the remote management of water and energy networks, has launched its new range of data loggers: SOFREL LX, during the biggest Exhibition for environment, IFAT 2018 Munich.

SOFREL LX: a new generation of IoT data loggers for the monitoring of water networks and Non-Revenue Water reduction

Specifically designed for water networks, the 8 data loggers in the range are divided into 2 product families – SOFREL LS for drinking water networks and SOFREL LT for waste water.

Totally dedicated to the continuous monitoring and improvement of network performance, the Sofrel LX data loggers offer water operators an optimal solution for 24-hour monitoring of installations without electricity. They are compatible with all measurement instruments. Their business-oriented features enable them to respond effectively to:

– Smart remote metering,
– District Metering Area (DMA),
– Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction,
– Dynamic pressure management,
– Self-monitoring and continuous diagnostics,
– Rain gauge monitoring,
– Water quality and physico-chemical monitoring.

Very easy to install and easy to use thanks to the Sofrel PCWin2 and WEB LS data centralisation software, the LX data loggers are also open to all SCADA on the market and third-party applications from major water operators.

Data transmission, LACROIX Sofrel’s core competence

Since its creation in 1971, LACROIX Sofrel has specialised in remote transmission and in particular wireless communication technologies. Today, it is a leader in the field and thanks to strong investments in R&D, LACROIX Sofrel has designed data loggers which integrate very high performance 2G/3G antenna specifically designed to work underground.

Fully remote data transmission

The remote transmission of data from sensors installed in water networks is a real challenge as it is reliant on the reliability of the antenna and on a specific communication protocol ensuring perfect data transmission to the SCADA central station.

Waterproof equipment designed to adapt to a harsh environment

The LX data loggers are IP68 certified (extended immersion tests for 100 days under 1 meter of water) for unencumbered deployment in flood areas.

The locking system facilitates on-site maintenance operations (simplified access to the battery and the SIM card) to avoid any factory returns and loss of use of the data loggers.

Battery and energy management guaranteeing up to 10 years’ autonomy

Every effort has been made to make the LX data loggers as energy-efficient as possible. Electronics with very low energy consumption in optimised operating modes guarantee the extended autonomy of the data loggers.

The advantage for the operator is that they can rely on the availability of data for many years and reduce fleet maintenance costs (fewer trips to change batteries).
In addition, so as to avoid any disruption to the use of its data loggers, the LX user can anticipate the end of battery life via the energy counter (displayed in days remaining).

Simplified start up

It only takes a few minutes to start up the data loggers thanks to the SOFTOOLS graphical configuration software. Configuration of the equipment, guided by the software is done wirelessly via the PC Bluetooth connection. This means any intervention can be safely carried out close to the manhole.

Combining performance, robustness, simplicity and durability, the SOFREL LX data loggers are part of the transformation towards smart water networks. They allow operators and local authorities to optimise resource management, network performance or control waste release into the environment so as to comply with smart city initiatives.

Find the LACROIX Sofrel exhibition stand at Hall C1| Booth 223/322