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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 10 2014 1:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

Have you ever wished you were aware of when a water leak developed sooner than when you actually realized it had happened in your home? More to the point, sooner than when it cost a lot of money to repair the damage it caused!

Meet the Poseidon Water Watch System for Water Leak Detection

The Poseidon Water Watch System is just that!  It is a system that gives you the earliest possible warning of when water has started to leak out or overflow on to surfaces it should not be on.

Overview of System Components: Central Controller, Remote Sensor & Web Based Browser
Overview of System Components: Central Controller, Remote Sensor & Web Based Browser

How the idea was born

One day as I was headed to work, I spotted water on the ground in my basement. Unbeknownst to me, the hot water tank had sprung a leak over night and was spilling water into our finished basement. A significant amount of water had already spilled to require us to do major repairs to fix it. The cost was almost as high as doing the basement from scratch. Adding insult to injury, we also had to buy a new hot water tank.

Two months later, my friend and longtime co-worker, Vinny D'Alessandro, had the same thing happen in his home. Except he had his sump pump break causing damage from the overflowing water.

Feeling the financial pain of what water damage can do, we decided to fix the problem by building an early detection system that can alert us as soon as a water leak/overflow develops. This was the need that drove us to create the Poseidon Water Watch System.

What Is It?

The Poseidon Water Watch System is a build on a collection of battery operated, wirelessly interconnected water sensors installed throughout the home.

Prototype Remote Water Sensor
Prototype Remote Water Sensor

 The sensor can detect the presence of a film of water and can trigger an alarm that in turn is relayed to a central controller.

Central Controller
Central Controller

The central controller constantly displays the status of all the sensors. Along with that, is the status of the batteries of the sensors to make sure they are in good working order. The Central Controller is WiFi enabled and serves a web page that shows the same status that can be accessed by any PC, Tablet or Smart Phone.

Tablet Displaying the Status of the Remote Water Sensors
Tablet Displaying the Status of the Remote Water Sensors

 The controller will also be networked to a cloud server that allows the same information to sent to the home owner via TEXT messaging.

Please watch our short video of the system in action.

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Sensor Placement

Below is an illustration of areas of where to place the sensors. Those are the likely areas of flooding and include the basement (either through a hot water tank or boiler bursting, or a failed sump pump or water seepage from the outside). Other areas of concern are the bathrooms, kitchen & laundry rooms. Suggested Sensor Placements Suggested Sensor Placements

Suggested Sensor Placements In the Home
Suggested Sensor Placements In the Home

Installation Steps

We have tried to make sure we keep the installation to the simplest possible.  As such, the steps for setting up a new installation are as follows:

Power up the central controller. Power up the individual sensors, network them to the central controller and label the sensors. Enter your cell phone # and email account that you want the controller to txt/email to get an alert. Network the Central Controller to the existing wireless network in your home. Place the sensors in the home or office where you think you need the detection. Enjoy peace of mind that no water leakage will go undetected in those areas.

With this simplified installation, it should not need an expert to install it. The controller will guide you through these steps as well.

Sensor Design Update (10/19/14)

We showcased our project at a local Home Consumer Show in Boston, and the response has been very positive. As such, we decided to beat our own schedule and started the sensor design earlier than announced.

We have been very busy designing the sensor and have finally finished the design of the first production version. It is going to be smaller than the prototype we pictured in our earlier videos and photos. Below is a comparison photo between the two sensors:

New Water Sensor Design Compared to the Original Prototype Version
New Water Sensor Design Compared to the Original Prototype Version

The new sensor has a lot more polished look and also uses a modified preexisting inclosure to keep costs down.

More importantly, it is water tight. The lid is screwed into the body of the inclosure with a gasket sealing the rim. This enclosure is UL listed and meet NEMA ratings: 1, 2, 4, 4x, 12 & 13 specifications for water tightness.

Battery life has also been refined and we think we can get the sensor to operate without needing any battery replacement for over 2 years.

Also, we have generated the PCB design, placement and route. We have finalized the Mechanical CAD drawings and 3-D modeling of the complete sensor assembly. Below is a diagram showing the final version. We also 3-D printed the design to make sure it fits in our enclosure. It all fits perfectly.

3-D Rendering of the Sensor Design
3-D Rendering of the Sensor Design

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 Current Status:

As you can see from our videos, we have a working prototype of the basic system. We have proved the following:

  • Robust operation of the water sensor.
  • The wireless communication between the remote sensor and the Central Controller.
  • The Central Controller to the wireless network in the home. 


What Will The Money Be Used For?

The working prototype does prove the viability of the concept and its effective operation.However, we need to be able to productize the system for a more robust rollout to end users for ease of use and reliable operation.This includes expanding the support beyond a single sensor as the current case is.We also need to add a server that will communicate to the Central Controllers and send notification messages to the users.

The following are a high level descriptions of the changes that we would like to add to the system in this round of productization:

  • Building enclosures and customizing existing ones.
  • Building boards.
  • Developing the full features of the software in the system for both the Remote Sensor and the Central Controller.
  • Add the server software and the communications link to the Central Controller

Schedule:

We are expecting to ship the finished product on May 15, 2015.Below is a diagram of the general mile stones and their associated completion dates.

Compleation Schedule
Compleation Schedule

Are There Plans For Future Development?

We would like to add a mobile app to support multiple phone platforms, so the user can actually check on the system and find out its status without using text messaging.

Also, we are planning on a form of mitigation when a water leak is detected.  Sometimes, it is not enough to detect it, it is important to block off the water from coming in.  We have some innovative ideas on how to handle this that will work with this system.

Risks and challenges

Plastic enclosure development for the Remote Sensor and the Central Controller have their own challenges. We would like the Remote Sensor to be water tight and flexible enough to be deployed in multiple ways in the home. This might force us to use multiple types of enclosures. Our preference is a single type of enclosure and that is what we have budgeted for. The Central Controller has to meet less demanding requirements, but has its challenges. We have to be able to wall mount it and provide power to it through the wall for a clean appearance. That system has to be worked out.

Another risk area is meeting cost targets and part availability with relatively low volumes. The number of products to be built is relatively small and can end up costing us more than what we have priced in. We think we are in the general cost area based on our experience. However, some key components might not be as readily available at the time that we place the order. This is a wild card sometimes and can result in us using higher cost components.

Based on our engineering experience of 15/25+ years for each Vinny & I respectively, we both think these obstacles and risks are surmountable and can be overcome.

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    Entry Level System. Thank you for being an early adopter. Our system can be useful to you for watching water at a single point in your home, vacation home or business. It includes one Central Controller and one Remote Water Sensor.

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