Predicting the algal bloom boom: LG Sonic bolsters tech portfolio
Called the Monitoring Buoy, the solution combines real-time water quality monitoring and cloud software to store and analyse water quality data.
Lisa Brand, chief technology officer (CTO) of LG Sonic told Aquatech Online: “Algae blooms are increasing globally so fast now, it’s almost everywhere on the agenda. It’s not a local problem.”
她补充道:“人们日益认识水分r quality regulators and drinking water treatment plants that manual sampling is not efficient enough to get a better understanding of the potential algae problems in lakes. There is a real need for online and real-time water quality monitoring.”
The monitoring buoy continuously monitors water quality in real-time and delivers the data via radio, GPRS, or 3G to web-based software.
A complete overview of the water quality of one or multiple water bodies is then generated, with the ability to set alerts for changing water conditions.
The system collects the following parameters: Chlorophyll α (green algae), Phycocyanin (blue-green algae), pH, Turbidity, Dissolved Oxygen, and temperature, with a possibility to include additional sensors.
Brand said LG Sonic is experiencing interest from all over the world, including Australia, Europe, Latin America and the US.
The company has sold over 300 of its MPC Buoys, after theinitial test in the US with water utility，美国水，现在活跃于96个国家。
“Some of the drinking water utilities, or lake managers we speak to are already looking at upgrading their monitoring based to predict future algae blooms, even though there are no problems yet,” she said.
LG Sonic’s MPC-Nanobubble technology在Aquatech Innovation Awards中赢得了“供水”类别，陪审团称之为“非常优雅的解决方案”。
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