Data loggers are a great tool for detecting leaks, faulty equipment and excessive irrigation.
A data logger fitted to your water meter will measure you site's water use throughout the day. You can analyse the data and track where water is being used at your property. You will need a pulse capable meter or sub meter to use a data logger. If you are not sure that you have one, check with your plumber.
Types of data loggers
There are 2 types of data loggers:
- Manual - needs to be fitted to a pulse capable meter and the collected data is stored on the device. The logger may need to be removed from the meter in order to download the data to your computer. These data loggers are relatively inexpensive and simple to use
- Automatic - needs to be fitted to a pulse capable meter and can transmit the collected data via radio frequency, the mobile phone network or connected directly to a building management system (BMS)
How much does it cost and where can I get one?
Costs can be as low as a few hundred dollars depending on the type of data logger. Extra costs may be incurred if you decide to link it to your Building Management System or wish to view the data via a web-based service. Your plumber or local specialist electronics retailer can assist with choosing a data logger to suit your needs.
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