Taoglas helps UDlive protect UK freshwater from aging sewer networks

About UDlive

UDlive develops environmental sensor technology enabling digital transformation, compliance, increased efficiency, and reduced costs in a variety of industries – the water industry being their biggest market. Currently, UDlive’s works primarily in the UK, and is expanding overseas.

The Challenge

UDlive began working with the local water authority on underground sewer monitoring for multiple counties in the UK. When levels rise, this causes the risk of raw sewage overflow into the freshwaters, causing beach access closure. With over 400,000 sewer spillages in 2021 in the UK alone, it has become a sizable environmental issue.

UDlive was tasked with optimizing the aging sewer networks by updating the current system to reliably monitor sewer levels, flows, and blockages, which can cause overflow, whereby causing a serious health threat. The monitors that need replacing are located under heavy metal access lid covers, or manholes. External antennas were not an option because they caused technical problems due to environmental exposure.

Being underground in damp conditions created a challenging environment. Only sparse weak signals were being received. UDlive felt the pressure as they had a deadline to perform a pilot test for the water authority, working up to full scale live deployment date.

“We were having difficulties with poor antenna signal quality. We reached out to a few different companies and Taoglas gave us by far the most technical and customer support of anyone we talked to,” said Phil Bennett, UDlive Technical Director.

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