MConnected Ltd will present the interim results of an innovative environmental and critical infrastructure monitoring demonstrator at the Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival on the 18th October 2021. The demonstrator, located at Kielder Reservoir & Forest Park is fully funded by a consortium comprising of the European Space Agency ESA, 4S–Research in Telecommunication Systems Programme, Inmarsat and MConnected Ltd.
The aim of the demonstrator is to show that new low power technologies can effectively be utilised to support the safety and integrity of critical infrastructures and that the data can be analysed in virtual real-time to produce infrastructure integrity reports and alerts via a highly secure online dashboard.
The 18-month project is currently underway with the full support of the consortium’s prime stakeholders, Kielder Reservoir & Forest Park Trust. Trust members comprise of Forestry England, Northumbrian Water and Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Kielder is a sophisticated ecosystem of agriculture, industry, utility, tourism, and wildlife. Set in 250 square miles of the border region of Northumberland, it boasts the largest man-made reservoir in Europe with a shoreline of 27miles, including a dam measuring 1.2km in length. The dam controls up to 20 billion litres of water and serves a large amount of Tyneside and Teesside with fresh water.
Pete Johnson CEO for MConnected said; “The strategic alignment of the consortium partners and stakeholders has produced a unique demonstrator based on Low Power Wide Area network (LPWan) technologies, renewable power sources and satellite communications. The results to date show that emerging technologies can have a positive outcome on monitoring of the environment and the safety and security of critical infrastructures in remote locations.
Pete went on to say, “We will be delighted to show our findings and challenges we encountered to the festival, being sparsely populated, Kielder lacks basic 3G or 4G telecommunications coverage and grid power, which are fundamental challenges”. “We are also keen to show how we monitored the effect of climate and seasonal variations on the charge and discharge of the reservoir and any resultant effect on the dam infrastructure itself”.
Andrew Bland MConnected’s Delivery Director said, “For the record Kielder dam is built and maintained to the highest standard and is very safe, its built to “flex” minutely with the changes in pressure asserted. Northumbrian Water who owns the dam have allowed the demonstrator team access to the reservoir and dam infrastructure in the knowledge that our work may take critical infrastructure monitoring to a new level worldwide.