H2O Degree’s New L54120+ LoRaWAN Wireless Water Meter Measures & Records Key Water Usage and Energy Parameters

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H2O Degree's New L54120+ LoRaWAN Wireless Water Meter Measures & Records Key Water Usage and Energy Parameters

Records total water consumption and water usage events; facilitates tenant billing and water leak detection; Long Range Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) capability eliminates requirements for repeaters.

Bensalem, PA— June 12, 2024— H2O Degree – manufacturer of advanced two-way wireless submetering systems, introduces the L54120+ battery-operated, LoRaWAN-enabled, wireless water meter. The L54120+ is ideal for tenant water submetering for billing as well as industry leading leak detection and alarming. The device is equipped with LoRaWAN secure wireless 915 MHz technology that offers state of the art wireless signal strength, industry standard open protocol and security. With its long-range wireless connectivity, the L54120+ can operate within a 1,000-foot radius of the gateway, providing network coverage for a 50 acre garden-style property or a 15-story high-rise with a single gateway. This capability simplifies submetering installations by eliminating the need for repeaters. Additionally, the battery-operated device (with over five-year battery life) requires no electrical connections.

Unlike other water meters on the market, the L54120+ measures cumulative water flow in gallons – and records the number and duration of water usage “events” such as toilet flushes. This can provide highly accurate leak detection or identify excess water usage for the entire apartment (point-of-entry) down to individual appliances (point-of-use). In buildings utilizing riser plumbing design, point-of-use measurement at individual toilets, showers, sinks and other fixtures is needed to accurately meter each tenant’s usage. The meters meet or exceed leading industry standards for accuracy, such as AWWA standard of 1.5% accuracy, and used by the leading property owners, REITs and RBC companies throughout North America for tenant billing.

Utilizing H2O Degree’s Smart Metering wireless data acquisition system and cloud-based software, the L54120+ water meter collects and reports water consumption data at granular levels. Property managers can access the data in the form of daily water leak reports to quickly find wasted water due to faulty toilets (a multi-tenant facility’s biggest source of water leaks), as well as leaking faucets, sinks, shower heads and washing machines. Accurate consumption data allows property managers to bill tenants for their precise usage. The water meter information is also accessible to tenants via a web portal where they can view their water usage patterns and energy consumption, thus encouraging conservation.

“LoRaWAN is an open protocol network which allows building owners to integrate H2O Degree meters with other Lora enabled products such as leak sensors, rat traps, door and occupancy sensors and more.” said Don Millstein, H2O Degree’s President. “By providing both building management and tenants insight into their usage data, and by holding tenants accountable for their consumption, H2O Degree’s ‘smart plumbing’ approach has the remarkable ability to change behaviors in a positive way. Our system provides not just data, but useful and actionable information.5

About H2O Degree

H2O Degree manufactures a broad line of wireless radio-based submetering and water leak and flood detection systems that measure individual apartment or condo water use, domestic hot water energy, boiler and chiller energy, electricity, gas, and BTUs. The systems are ideal for tenant billing and leak detection reporting down to the toilet level, and energy analytics. H2O Degree’s wireless Green Thermostat control solution tracks energy use and apartment temperature while allowing tenants and property owners to set temperature set-points and schedules, adjust set-back temperatures when tenants are away or asleep, report HVAC maintenance issues, and control for vacant utility cost. In 2000, the company was among the first to deploy the long-range wireless networks in multi-tenant submetering installations. H2O Degree also offers LoRa-enabled window and door sensors, as well as wireless water-detection floor sensors and automatic shut-off valves that help property owners meet flood insurance requirements.