FCS, Datamatic announce leak detection partnership

Halma Water Management's Fluid Conservation Systems and Datamatic Ltd. have partnered to provide an innovative wireless leak detection system to customers in the U.S. and international water utilities markets. By combining FCS's Permalog leak noise sensors and Datamatic's FIREFLY, the new system allows utilities to check their entire distribution system for leaks simultaneously with meter reading. Armed with this precise location information, repair crews can quickly find and repair leaks...

• New product combines acoustic leak detection with AMR data collection

MILFORD, OH, March 27, 2008 -- Halma Water Management's Fluid Conservation Systems (FCS) and Datamatic Ltd. have partnered to provide an innovative wireless leak detection system to customers in the United States and international water utilities markets. By combining FCS's Permalog™ leak noise sensors and Datamatic's FIREFLY, the new system allows utilities to check their entire distribution system for leaks simultaneously with meter reading.

Deployed throughout the distribution system, Permalogs attach magnetically to valves and use advanced algorithms to discern the acoustic signature of leaks from background noise. Leak noise data is collected by the ROADRUNNER Mobile or handheld that is simultaneously performing normal Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) operations. A Digital Leak Noise Correlator can then be used to pinpoint the leak's location. Armed with this precise location information, repair crews can quickly find and repair leaks.

Established in 1978, FCS is the North American industry leader in water leak detection technology. For more than 25 years, Datamatic has provided advanced meter reading and field data collection solutions to the water, gas and electric utilities. By integrating technologies, the companies now provide added value to water utilities, reducing operational costs in terms of data collection and leak localization.

FCS President Rob Fish said, "Fluid Conservation Systems constantly evaluate ways to maximize the effectiveness of our products for our customers. The partnership with Datamatic's data collection systems will allow us to provide an enhanced operational solution to the water utility."

Datamatic Business Development Manager Rich Sanders noted, "A single eight-gallon-per-minute leak will waste more than four million gallons of water in a year. Small leaks that stay hidden eventually become big leaks, causing main breaks, sinkholes, flooding and serious service disruptions. This new system will allow communities to quickly identify and fix leaks, conserving valuable resources."

Fluid Conservation Systems (FCS), a division of Halma Water Management, is a leader in water leak detection technology.

Datamatic provides flexible data collection solutions for water, gas and electric utilities worldwide.

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