As natural gas grows in popularity in the US, Senet and New Cosmos introduce wireless security solutions

The American Gas Association (AGA) continues efforts to ensure that natural gas use in the United States is safe, clean, and economical. “Safety is the core value for America’s natural gas utilities.” According to AGA, the industry is actively looking for ways to leverage its long history of safety and reliability in delivering natural gas to homes and businesses across the country through legislation, industry best practices, peer reviews, infrastructure improvements, upgraded pipeline materials, and more support R&D

Last week Senet, provider of the largest public, SLA-backed, carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in the United States, announced that they had partnered with New Cosmos USA, Inc. to roll out the New Cosmos natural gas alarm, which is on for utilities Designed in a simple way Install and monitor possible gas leaks and quickly alert residents to dangerous situations.

New Cosmos USA is owned by New Cosmos Electric Co., Ltd., which has a 70% share of the Japanese household natural gas alarm market and has sold more than 70 million household natural gas alarms worldwide.

The companies are conducting field trials with large multi-utility service providers to investigate use cases aimed at improving the level of safety and reliability in regional natural gas distribution networks.

Senet’s announcement stated, “This collaboration is well positioned to meet the needs of utilities, government regulators and other natural gas players who are increasingly focused on deploying new technology and implementing cost-effective best practices to ensure safety, reliability To ensure the efficiency and availability of an aging infrastructure. “

The features of the new Cosmos 806NLR wireless natural gas alarm include a 10% lower alarm limit for explosion limits (LEL), which is well above the industry standard for alarming at 25% LEL and can alert residents of an emergency much earlier than conventional technologies. An 85 dB alarm tone and educational voice warnings as well as wireless communication with the utility company for early warning and preparation of event reactions in the Senet LoRaWAN network.

Another important feature is the long-life battery operation (at least 6 years), which enables flexible, wireless installation options anywhere in the house.

“We pride ourselves on providing the most reliable and resilient alarm solution for dangerous residential gas leak explosions,” said Ron Lazarus, COO of New Cosmos USA. “The ability to expand our reach with Senet’s carrier-grade network services based on the open LoRaWAN protocol is an exciting and cost-effective way for our utilities to further modernize many aspects of the gas supply system, including early leak detection and alarms for quick response. “

“In contrast to the lower-functionality LoRaWAN network services, which are designed to provide IoT connectivity, Senet has implemented all of the carrier-grade components required to operate critical infrastructures and critical business applications in utility, municipal and corporate markets said Bruce Chatterley, Senet CEO. “We look forward to a successful partnership with New Cosmos to bring a new level of security and service to the natural gas market.”

Compared to often decentralized IoT networks and proprietary supply networks, Senet offers supply companies options for the provision and network operation of public, private and semi-private network operators. With a Senet gas leak detection network, utilities can easily add network capacity and coverage to improve operations and expand their service offering with other gas security and service delivery solutions on the same IoT network.

Juhi Fadia is an engineer, analyst, researcher, and writer on advanced and emerging technologies.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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