Pros and Cons of using APPs in Water Leak Alarm Systems?
Today there is a growing trend for all technology to go wireless. From wireless headphones and speakers to printers and wireless charging. This revolution has crept into water leak detection systems for both domestic and industrial use. This has developed into using smart APPS on your mobile devices to control building utilities at a touch of a button.
However, with such technology there are always concerns, especially over reliability and security. So, to help you make that decision, the team at CMR electrical will discuss the pros and cons of using APPs in water leak alarm systems, including the use of BREEAM.
Pros of using APPs in Water Leak Alarm Systems:
Remote Monitoring and Control:
One of the major advantages of an app-based system is that it allows you to control the Water Leak Alarm System remotely. You can receive real-time alerts on your smartphone or tablet even if you’re not at home, which can help prevent significant water damage.
Early Leak Detection:
App-based systems often use wireless sensors placed in key areas where leaks are likely to occur, such as under sinks. By detecting leaks early, you can mitigate the risk of extensive damage and costly repairs.
Most app-based leak detection systems come with user-friendly interfaces that are easy to navigate. This allows users to quickly access information about their water leak status and control various settings.
Data and Analytics:
Some app-based systems offer data and analytics features that allow you to track historical water usage patterns, which can help you identify anomalies or unusual consumption.
Integration with Other Smart Devices:
Many modern homes have a range of smart devices, such as smart thermostats and security cameras. App-based water leak detection systems can often be integrated into these existing systems, allowing for centralized control and automation.
App-based systems are often designed to be easy to install without the need for complex wiring or professional assistance. This means you can set up the system yourself without the need for specialized skills.
App-based systems typically allow you to customize alerts based on your preferences. You can set up alerts for different types of leaks or water-related events, tailoring the notifications to your needs.
Cons of using APPs in Water Leak Alarm Systems:
Reliance on Technology:
App-based systems depend on technology, including a stable internet connection and the functionality of the app itself. If your internet goes down or the app malfunctions, you might not receive timely notifications, defeating the purpose of the system.
App-based systems typically involve higher upfront costs compared to traditional leak detection methods. This can include an annual subscription fee for using the app or providing cloud storage.
Maintenance and Updates:
App developers have complete control over whether to provide you with software updates. You can be at their mercy if they decide to move on and no longer support your water leak detection system. An example of this is when a company called LeakSmart recently closed business which made their WiFi devices no longer function. Read this article from Blackwire designs to find out more.
While many app-based systems are designed to be user-friendly, some people might find them complex or challenging to set up correctly. This can be the case when it comes to a BREEAM Water Leak Alarm for a large multi floor office. These intricate BREEAM systems necessitate investing time and money in training a dedicated individual who knows how to operate them.
Many sensors in app-based systems require a power source, whether that’s batteries or being plugged into an outlet. Batteries need to be replaced periodically, and if the sensor is wired, it might limit its placement options.
Dependence on Mobile Devices:
App-based systems require you to have a compatible smartphone or tablet and rely on these devices for notifications and control. If you don’t have your device with you or it’s not working, you might miss important alerts.
Privacy and Security:
App-based systems often involve sharing data with cloud servers for remote access and notifications. This raises concerns about data privacy and security, especially if the leak detection system isn’t properly secured.
Limited Coverage Area:
Some app-based systems might have limitations in terms of coverage area. If your property is large or has areas with weak Wi-Fi coverage, you might experience blind spots where leaks could go undetected.
During internet outages, the system might not function as expected. This could be especially problematic if a leak occurs during such times.
Conclusion: How companies can strike a balance.
Incorporating both the pros and cons of using apps to control water leak alarm systems is crucial when considering the adoption of such a technology-driven detection system. It’s essential to assess your individual needs, technical expertise, and the reliability of your building’s infrastructure and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Mobile apps and computer software are constantly evolving. As technology advances, there is a possibility that future Water Leak Detection Systems may no longer be compatible. This could result in additional costs to replace and update your Water leak system. It’s important to consider long-term compatibility and plan for potential updates accordingly. Read this article to discover how CMR electrical have designed a wireless water leak detection alarm that strikes this balance.