Libelium Smart Water Sensor Platform Adds Ion Monitoring

Waspmote Smart Water includes 10 new ion-selective sensor probes for greater sensitivity

Waspmote Plug and Sense! Smart Water nodes sport new ion selective sensor probes for accuracy in water quality monitoring (Photo: Business Wire)

SAN MATEO, Calif. & ZARAGOZA Spain--()--At Sensors Expo today, Libelium announced the addition of ion selective sensor probes to the Waspmote Smart Water sensor platform, for increased sensitivity and accuracy in water quality monitoring.

The Waspmote Smart Water platform is an ultra low-power sensor node designed for use in rugged environments and deployment in Smart Cities in hard-to-access locations to detect changes and potential risk to public health in real time. Waspmote Smart Water is suitable for potable water monitoring, chemical leakage detection in rivers, remote measurement of swimming pools and spas, corrosion and limescale deposit, fish tank monitoring and seawater pollution levels.

How it works:

Smart Water nodes are ready to deploy out of the box and sensor probes can be recalibrated or changed in the field, with sensor calibration kits provided by Libelium. In terms of connectivity, Waspmote may use cellular (3G, GPRS, WCDMA) and long-range 802.15.4/ZigBee (868/900MHz) to send information to the Cloud. Unlike early bulky water quality analysis systems, these sensors can be left onsite for remote monitoring, powered by batteries that last for years.

"Hundreds of different chemicals can combine to harm our water, so water quality monitoring systems must be highly accurate, reliable and easy to calibrate," said David Gascón, CTO at Libelium. “Waspmote Smart Water is a solution that simplifies remote water quality monitoring and helps cities and factories manage water resources better.”

Demos showcasing Waspmote Smart Water are held in California at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2015 Annual Conference – in Anaheim, June 7-10, on the LoRa Alliance booth; and at Sensors Expo – in Long Beach, June 9-11, Libelium booth #229.

Waspmote Smart Water Technical Characteristics

Key Features   Why it Matters
Sensor probes measure more than 12 chemical and physical water quality parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity (salinity), oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), turbidity, temperature, etc.   Pollutants can be detected and treated in real-time, to ensure good water quality over an entire water supply network. Extreme pH values may indicate chemical spills, treatment plant issues, or problems in supply pipes. Low levels of DO may indicate the presence of microorganisms due to urban/agricultural runoff or sewage spills. ORP measures how well water sanitization is working.

The new Ions are:

Fluoride (F-)

Calcium (Ca2+)

Nitrate (NO3-)

Chloride (Cl-)

Lead (Pb2+)

Iodide (I-)

Cupric (Cu2+)

Bromide (Br-)

Silver (Ag+)

Fluoroborate (BF4-)


Specific applications include:

Drinking water quality control: Calcium (Ca2+), Iodide (I-), Chloride (Cl-), Nitrate (NO3-), pH

Agriculture water monitoring: Calcium (Ca2+), Nitrate (N03-), pH

Swimming pools: Bromide (Br), Chloride (Cl-), Fluoride (F-), pH

Waste water treatment: Cupric (Cu2+), Silver (Ag+), Lead (Pb2+), Fluoroborate (BF4-), pH

Waspmote transmits sensor readings to the Cloud via 3G, GPRS, or WCDMA cellular connections; in the case of several nodes located in the same zone, Waspmote sends values to the Meshlium Internet Gateway via long range RF bands 868MHz and 900MHz.   Sensor data is available in real time, even from sensor nodes situated in remote locations.
Battery powered, low power requirements.   Because no wiring is necessary Waspmote installation takes just minutes and can provide remote monitoring for years.
CE / FCC /IC certification and quad-band connectivity (850/900/1900/2100MHz)   Waspmote supports any cellular connection provider, and is ready for deployment in any country in the world.

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About Libelium

Libelium designs and manufactures hardware for wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote—Libelium’s open wireless sensor platform—is modular, easy to deploy and ready to integrate with third-party Cloud systems such as Axeda, Esri, Sentilo, Telefonica, ThingWorx, or MQTT. Over 2,000 developers from 75 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, and precision agriculture. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.


SIPR for Libelium
Judy Curtis, +1 650-274-1509 - @judycurtis
David Gascón, +34 976 54 74 92

Release Summary

The Waspmote Smart Water ion sensor platform simplifies water quality management with new ion selective sensor probes that are accurate and easy to calibrate.


SIPR for Libelium
Judy Curtis, +1 650-274-1509 - @judycurtis
David Gascón, +34 976 54 74 92