Watford Borough Council Rolls Out IoT to Monitor ‘Legionella’ Bacteria

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Watford Borough Council in England has partnered with local firm IoT Solutions Group (IoTSG) to install hundreds of IoT powered devices in council buildings to monitor the presence of the deadly Legionella bacteria.

IoTSG will deliver almost 590 Legionella mitigation and emergency lighting management devices to a number of public properties in the area, including Watford Town Hall and Watford Museum.

The Legionella mitigation solution is aimed at improving the detection process for Legionella – the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ disease – which commercial landlords, facility managers, and leisure and hospitality providers have a legal obligation to monitor and mitigate in their water systems.

The devices are battery-powered and work by assessing temperature and flow levels in real time, automatically raising an alert when abnormalities are detected. The company said this may reduces the need for manual checks by 75 per cent, therefore minimising costs, improving efficiency and removing the margin of error associated with human interaction.

The emergency lighting management solution, meanwhile is said to allow estate and facilities managers to automate their emergency lighting function testing through the fitting of light monitoring sensors.

Emma Mahy, chief executive and co-founder of IoTSG, said, “We are delighted to be working with Watford Borough Council to roll out our Legionella mitigation and emergency lighting management solutions. The partnership will help the council improve the efficiency of health and safety management processes and allow the diversion of valuable resources to be used more effectively in other areas.”