Our mission is to protect people and property with innovative gas safety products.

Solutions For Utility Companies

When It's About Your Customers' Safety, Everything is Urgent

Early gas leak warnings can save lives and protect property. DeNova Detect Wireless Alarms have been independently tested by the Gas Technical Institute (GTI) to ensure accuracy and effectiveness.

Why Utility Companies Choose Us:

  • Provide cohesive wireless communication for easy remote monitoring
  • Our alarms significantly lower the risk of gas explosions while minimizing utility company liability time.

In addition to warning local residents, DeNova Natural Gas Alarms will send a wireless signal to the utility company, so they are alerted to alarm functionality issues or gas levels as low as 10% LEL. Early detection will allow utility companies to monitor the situation and act quickly.

DeNova Natural Gas Alarms were featured in a 2018 pilot installation conducted by New York's Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) Utility. 9,000 DeNova Natural Gas Detectors were tested resulting in a 100% rate of alarm detection. This means that every gas detector was capable of identifying the presence of a gas leak during the duration of the testing period. The results were so conclusive that it led to Con Edison to committing a long term partnership with DeNova Detect.

Con Edison New York Gas Leak Detector Recommendations:

A slow gas leak may not create enough of a detectable scent, and even large leaks may not be detected by people with a weak sense of smell. Gas leak detectors offer peace of mind and help keep you and your neighbors safe by sounding an alarm before natural gas reaches an explosive range.

The best installation is within 12 inches of the ceiling in the same room with the natural gas pipe or appliance, such as a stove or gas-powered fireplace. For your protection, it's important to follow your device's installation instructions carefully.

Note that a carbon monoxide detector is not the same as a gas leak detector. While there are combination devices on the market, most carbon monoxide detectors do not detect combustible gasses. Be sure to check the label.

What to look for in a gas leak detector:

  • Underwriter Laboratory Standard 1484 for Residential Gas Detectors certification
  • A detection level ≤ 10% of the lower explosive level for natural gas
  • Battery-powered with a lifetime battery included

Click here to learn more about Gas Safety from Con Edison New York.

An aging infrastructure and a growing threat

Natural gas explosions are becoming more frequent

There are many aging pipelines in the United States today. After a series of gas explosion incidents in San Bruno, CA and Merrimack Valley, MA, utility companies and cities have been on alert. Improving overall safety via pipeline replacement programs have been announced, but remain years from being implemented. It becomes even more alarming when it's revealed that 80% of cast-iron pipelines still exist in the Northeast according to USA Today (9/14/2018). In the Boston area alone, there exists many old cast-iron gas pipelines. Their presence can increase the likelihood of gas leaks. They can also introduce over-pressurized gas into homes. Should natural gas migrate into a closed space such as a basement or garage, the gas can accumulate above the explosive threshold. The natural gas would then be ignited by any spark source in the home. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration revealed that there were nearly 700 incidents on all types of natural gas pipelines across the country. This resulted in dozens of fatalities, injuries and over $317 million worth of damage.

In March 2014, a blast and fire destroyed two five-story buildings in Harlem, New York. This resulted in 8 fatalities, 50 injuries and the displacement of more than 100 families and several businesses. The utility company involved ultimately reached a $153.3 million settlement with the State of New York as a result of this tragedy. In 2018, a series of explosions damaged over 100 buildings in Massachusetts. This forced the utility company to be fined $53 million while they spent over $1 billion on related expenses.

DeNova Detect Natural Gas Alarms offer the most reliable and economical solution to saving lives and preventing catastrophic property damage from the devastating impact of gas leak explosions.

Provide early detection to warn residents and the utility company of a gas leak

Denova Detect Battery Powered AMI Natural Gas Alarms

DeNova Detect Natural Gas Alarms use MEMS sensor technology which requires less power consumption than a typical natural gas sensor. This allows our natural gas detectors to operate entirely on battery power. This also allows the device to easily be installed near the ceiling (without an outlet or unsightly extension cord). Natural gas is lighter than air. This means a natural gas leak is more effectively detected closer to the ceiling, rather than near the floor where you typically find an outlet.

Another benefit of low-power consumption is that it opens the way for us to integrate wireless communication technologies into our natural gas detectors. This means that Natural Gas Alarms can communicate on a variety of networks such as Itron Gen 5 and LoRaWAN. One of the added benefits of wireless communication is a quicker emergency response time. A utility company does not have to wait for the customer to call in the gas leak. The company will automatically receive a notification of the gas leak in real-time. Wireless Natural Gas Alarms provide safety even when no one is at the installation location during a leak. Furthermore, Wireless Natural Gas Alarms (when used in conjunction with dashboard applications) help utility companies enhance their response protocols by giving them more information about the leak prior to arrival. Our selection of Natural Gas Alarms can send gas concentrations in real-time in the event of a leak. This means that the utility company can then track how quickly or slowly the gas leak is increasing. This information can then be relayed to responding emergency personnel arriving at the scene.