Manhole Monitoring: Underground, Under Pressure, and Underserved?

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By Jamie Moss | 4Q 2019 | IN-5619


Covering the Covers


In September 2019, utility asset management specialist CNIguard launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) manhole and manhole cover monitoring system called Sentir, which was developed in conjunction with the U.K. design firm Plextec and is being deployed by the New York energy supplier Con Edison, with trials with other as of yet unnamed utility companies said to be ongoing. The system uses embedded sensors to monitor gas levels, salinity, temperature, and humidity, and can detect unusual voltages as well as the presence of electrical arcing. Sentir is placed in the voids beneath manholes to collect data that is then passed to CNIguard’s SensorCore cloud-based analytics platform to identify conditions that could cause dangerous situations. It also allows for notification and protection against unauthorized access, which can result in the theft or vandalism of public infrastructure.

Once processed, the system’s sensor data is routed to a maintenance dashboard on a mobile device for field force workers so that they can attend to any problems. Sentir is being white-lab…

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