Among the clients currently served by CQMS with in-progress websites and/or projects, Well Aware Monitoring is one that we’ve found ourselves personally invested in, in a number of manners. We have worked closely with our new partners to build a proprietary system that will serve rural homes in North-Western Canada. The business was (in)formally unveiled in early February in Fort St. John at an informational session / barbecue, and formally launched during the weekend of the Fort St. John Trade Show, April 7-9th, 2017
CQMS Services Used:
- Application Development
- IT Services
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Social Media Page Development
- Social Media Page Marketing
- Web Hosting
- Website Development (WordPress)
- Custom Web Development (MS Azure / Back-End Server)
Well Aware Monitoring Project Overview:
The flagship product by Well Aware Monitoring aims to mitigate water wastage amongst households that rely upon water hauling and/or cistern-stored water supplies. The service is simple, accurate, and affordable; our projections show that it can save somewhere between 20-25% of annual water costs through awareness of current tank levels and forecasting based on average consumption rates. More details will come along as the project develops; CQMS is heavily involved in the business and have a deep appreciation for trusted with spearheading the development project of this magnitude.
CQMS has been responsible for building the WAM products from the ground up; consulting with our partners on system features and taking those back into the development cycle. We have fully engineered the system which, broadly speaking, traced through the following steps:
- Assess the business needs and problems the product needs to solve
- Design the system architecture and components
- Prototype the software/hardware platform to attain proof-of-concept
- Split development into iterative cycles; developing one new feature and re-testing the entire system
- Address shortcomings / bugs in the software and hardware
- Repeat Steps 4-5 until project goals and milestones have all been met
In addition to building the custom hardware-software system, CQMS took on the development of both front and back-end web services; presenting a clean, branded, experience for prospective customers, and a comprehensive web portal that would allow existing clients to track their water usage from anyplace with an internet connection.
CQMS has been responsible for the development of all hardware configuration and software products employed by Well Aware Monitoring systems. Below, a brief overview of the systems as described on the website:
Range Extender / Coordination | Released April 2017
The ‘brain’ of the operation; the WAM-S1 is the only unit that must be present in order to interact with any of the other systems in the Well Aware product log. A long-range wireless card receives level measurements from any of our sensor-bearing units and confirms each reading so that nothing is missed. The WAM-S1 processes the readings, figures out what volume remains in the tank, and checks it against the alarm threshold. When needed, it sends out automated low-level alerts so that you know where levels are sitting at and can replenish supplies. Approx. 65mm x 95mm x 30mm
Water Level Monitoring | Released April 2017
This is the flagship product of Well Aware Monitoring and the first to hit the market in April 2017. It can be mounted through the lid of most water cistern types. The WAM-C1 will take measurements of the water level at regular intervals and relay them back to the WAM-S1 for processing.
As with all of our WAM products, the parts used in the assembly are all rated for the harsh Canadian winters at -40C, summer months, and everything in between. Gone are the days that our customers have to manually measure the water levels themselves. The water-submersible sensor means that you can fill the tank to the brim without damaging the system (as long as freezing conditions do not apply).
Water Level Monitoring | Released April 2017
The WAM-S1 and WAM-C1 pair well in the event that household wifi does not extend all the way out to the water cistern in the yard. Many of the people we’ve spoken to, however, have their cistern right outside the house, under a deck, or even in the basement where a small computer can easily get the internet service. In these cases, the WAM-H1 uses the C1 measuring technology and S1 processing together in one unit. These are perfect to reduce costs and streamline the operation, as long as wifi is readily available.
Grain Bin Monitoring | Development Pending
Speaking to some farmers in the area, we asked about how the contents of feed silos are measured without climbing to the top and looking in. Often, they strike the side of the tank and gauge the remainder by the sound it makes. It’s simple, time-tested, and works great for approximations. The WAM-GS1, however, brings a high level of accuracy to what has traditionally been left to guesswork.
Mounted through the silo’s roof (or inside, if preferred), the system takes readings of the current level in the tank and relays the measurement back to the WAM-S1. Back at the server, levels are calculated with silo dimensions to determine out how much feed remains inside and are sent to your online account.
Fuel Tank Monitoring | Development Pending
The WAM-FT1 is a sensor sealed against the effects of many harsh chemical environments. Monitoring fuel levels allows you to place an order for more during low-cost times and can help identify slow leaks or fuel theft. The WAM-FT1 is mounted through the top of the tank, which allows the ultrasonic sensor to take millimetre-accurate measurements of the fuel level inside that get reported back to your Well Aware account. Usage can be tracked online, and notifications sent out when the fuel level dips below a certain level.
Septic / Holding Tank Monitoring | Development Pending
Monitoring septic/holding tanks is rarely a pleasant experience, but the WAM-L1 system aims to reduce your involvement with it as much as possible. Using the same ultrasonic measuring technology that the other WAM systems employ, the WAM-L1 is mounted through the top of your lagoon system and keeps track of the current level inside. When the tank fills beyond a certain threshold, an automated notification is sent out to you to advise that the time to have the tank pumped is approaching. Readings are also sent directly to your online account so that levels can be tracked as needed.
At the time of this writing (early 2018), we are in discussions to sell the Well Aware Monitoring product line to an interested buyer and are currently not accepting new clients within that business.