DUNDEE-BASED M2M Cloud is aiming to develop what is believed to be a world-first water monitoring device with CENSIS – Scotland’s innovation centre for sensing, imaging, and internet of things (IoT) technologies – after receiving a prestigious SMART award grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The £140,000 project will help the IoT technology company to enhance its existing Neptune water monitoring device – which is used to identify potential harmful bacteria outbreaks – by incorporating machine learning and allowing it to operate on Narrow Band IoT networks (NB-IoT) as well as LoRaWAN networks.

Once delivered, the device will be the first of its kind capable of operating on both networks.

Machine learning techniques will also be used to calculate risk scores for sites and predict potential issues before they occur, allowing organisations to better focus their resources.

Monitoring water systems in UK non-domestic buildings is a statutory requirement costing around £140 million per annum, while financial estimates put the healthcare and workplace impact of legionella alone at £1 billion per year across Europe1.

Neptune can cut these costs by using sensors on the surface of pipes to notify the building user if the water system is out of specification.