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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 are an exceptional solution for utility companies looking to install monitored gas detectors. Our Natural Gas Alarms have been independently tested by the Gas Technical Institute. Our Natural Gas Alarms offer a cohesive wireless communication module that confirms strong and safe remote monitoring for utility companies. Extensive installation of DeNova Detect Natural Gas Alarms helps to significantly lower the risk of gas explosions while diminishing utility company liability.

DeNova Detect's first-class proprietary communication architecture features:

  • Compatibility with Itron's Gen5 customers while future products will also align with expanded wireless communication networks that include Senet using LoRaWAN.
  • Sub-GHz module provides superior range performance.
  • Proven mesh technology ensures reliable communications.
  • Multi-layer security and native IPv6 addressing.
  • DeNova Detect Natural Gas alarms can be installed anywhere in the home, due to the streamlined, wireless design and long-life battery.
  • Reduced installation time at a minimal cost per residence for utility companie.

In the addition to warning local residents, DeNova Natural Gas Alarms send a wireless signal to the utility company notifying them of alarm functionality issues or gas levels as low as 10%LEL. This early warning signal allows the utility company to supervise the situation and respond to events as needed.

A 2018 pilot installation of 9,000 DeNova Detect Natural Gas Alarms by New York's Consolidated Edison (ConEd) Utility showed a 100 percent rate of confirmed alarms. That means gas leaks were proven via testing to be present in all alarm scenarios since installation in the fall of 2018. These results have led ConEd to commit to a long-term partnership with DeNova Detect.

An aging infrastructure and a growing threat

Natural gas explosions are becoming more frequent

There are many aging pipelines. After the significant gas explosion incidents in San Bruno, CA or Merrimack Valley, MA, the utility companies, and cities have been improving their safety and started pipeline replacement programs. However, their customers and residents still have to wait years until the pipelines are replaced. This is especially evident with more than 80% of cast-iron pipelines existing in the Northeast according to USA Today (9/14/2018). In the Boston area itself, there are many old cast-iron gas pipelines. This can mean that gas leaks are more likely to happen. It also means that over-pressured gas might be migrated into homes. If natural gas is migrated into a closed space such as a basement or garage and accumulated to the level of explosion, the natural gas would be ignited by any source of a spark within the home. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration revealed there were nearly 700 incidents on all types of natural gas pipelines across the country, causing dozens of fatalities, injuries and over $317 million worth of damage.

In March 2014, a blast and resulting fire destroyed two five-story buildings in Harlem, New York, causing 8 fatalities, 50 injuries and displacing 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 the tragedy. In 2018, a series of explosions damaged over 100 buildings in Massachusetts, forcing the utility company to be fined $53 million and spend over $1 billion on related expenses.

Fortunately, something can be done to prevent tragic incidents involving natural gas. DeNova Detect Natural Gas Alarms offer the most reliable and economical solution to save lives and prevent 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

Due to our MEMS sensor technology which requires less power consumption than a typical natural gas sensor, our Natural Gas Alarms are able to operate solely on battery power. This allows the device to easily be installed near the ceiling, unlike other gas detectors which require an outlet to either plug into directly or with a long, aesthetically unappealing cord. Because natural gas is lighter than air, a natural gas leak is more effectively detected close to the ceiling, rather than near the floor where you typically find an outlet.

Another benefit of low-power consumption is that it allows us to integrate wireless communication technologies into our natural smoke detectors. This allows the Natural Gas Alarm to communicate on a variety of networks, including the Itron Gen 5 network or the LoRaWAN network. 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, as 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 used in conjunction with dashboard applications such as this 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.