Liqum’s Smart Water Service revolutionises the provision of quality assurance for water, papermaking furnishes, sludges, industrial effluents and a wide variety of other liquids. Wireless sensors, working in tandem with Liqum’s cloud data-processing technology, automatically make 525 000 analyses per year per monitoring point. The client is notified immediately whenever a reduction in quality is detected, thereby preventing production losses or a poor-quality end product; and in some sectors the technology is used for catastrophe prevention. The service costs just €0.0001 per analysis.

The Smart Water Service is already in use in several industrial sectors, including the beverage-, paper- and metal industries, as well as in municipal water plants. It has been tried and tested in many hundreds of locations and in diverse conditions around the world, yielding impressive results: 

 

Beverage Industry

• During the past six years, at a beverage plant the Smart Water Service has assured the quality of bottled water as well as that of the raw-water that goes into the production of beer and Cola. Some variations have been detected in the quality of the raw water, which would have meant variations in the quality – and ultimately the taste – of the final product; early detection of these variations has meant that the plant operator has been able to make appropriate adjustments to the production process and, as a result, maintain the high quality of the beverage. Data provided by the Smart Water Service has also led a client to cease to use wells or boreholes which posed a risk to production. 

 

Paper & Pulp Industry

• In the papermaking sector, the efficiency of a carton board machine was increased by 5% within four months; $0.5 million per year savings were made in a mill’s spend on chemicals; and a fine-paper mill saved $3.3M through reduced web breaks. 

 

Metal Industry

• At a major industrial park, the discharges from dozens of metals-processing plants are being monitored, helping rapidly to identify the sources of prohibited harmful discharges which would otherwise lead to the deterioration of the effluent treatment process; serious environmental damage is thus averted. 

 

Mining & Mineral Industry

• In the mining sector, the Smart Water Service has helped to identify various types of process water quality issues and how they proliferate in the process, causing quality problems and leading to increased chemical consumption. Moreover, hitherto difficult-to-find contaminants have been detected in mining effluents, which would otherwise have killed fish and caused other environmental damage. The benefits to mine owners, in terms of both cost reduction and risk mitigation, are immense. 

 

Environment

• The Smart Water Service has also demonstrated its credentials as a contributor to environmental sustainability, being used to observe fluctuations in river water quality, and to monitor the water used in or affected by agriculture. The new River Guard Service is aimed at helping to secure clean drinking water for everyone, wherever on Earth they live. 

 

Robust Technology

The Liqum Smart Water Service was originally developed in Arctic conditions and is currently in use in North and Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Patented internationally, it is based on Liqum’s advanced AI platform, which has been developed and perfected over a period of 20 years. It has been tested in the most challenging conditions, in hundreds of different environments. The wireless sensors are robust and work in a wide temperature range of between -40C and +90C. A great variety of liquids and slurries can be monitored. 

 

Benefits

The Smart Water Service increases productivity, saves water and energy and mitigates risk throughout many industrial sectors. The Smart Water Service is an important new tool for environmental protection. The Smart Water Service represents a new cleantech era in global water management.  

 

E-mail: richard.booth@liqum.com