MONTREAL — Canadian home and business owners could prevent many damaging and costly water leaks with an automatic water shut-off system pairing technologies from Inflotrolix, based here, and Interlogix.
When Inflotrolix’s NOWA sensors detect a leak, the system automatically triggers an electronic valve to shut off the main water line and notifies Interlogix’s UltraSync Hub to send a text message to a home or building owner’s smartphone via an app.
The entire process is said to take seconds to complete, helping to prevent water damage, which accounts for nearly half of all Canadian home insurance claims, according to research cited in the announcement.
The professional-grade UltraSync Hub and app enable homeowners and businesses to remain in touch and in control of a growing number of compatible smart devices, including video cameras, intrusion sensors, lights, electronic locks and video doorbells.
After receiving notice of a water leak, connected users can use the UltraSync app to remotely turn on lights and view cameras to assess the situation and/or unlock a door to allow a plumber in for repairs.
“The automatic NOWA system is ideal for limiting water leaks that can cause serious damage to a home or building,” states Cooper Briscoe, residential product management leader, Interlogix. “The UltraSync Hub and app add a greater level of control, security and convenience.”
Jean-Hugues LaBreque, president and CEO, Inflotrolix, explains his company worked with Interlogix to create a reliable and complete water leak detection system with the added benefit of security and automation features.
“Inflotrolix’s main purpose is to protect buildings from water damage,” LaBreque says. “Interlogix, with its UltraSync system, is about security and automation services. It’s a great match. No other water leak detection product offers as much functionality.”
NOWA sensors can be installed near home or business appliances such as hot water tanks, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks. Built-in temperature sensors protect against burst pipes by shutting off the water supply when the ambient temperature in a home or building drops below 41°.
Inflotrolix has more than 10,000 leak detection systems installed across Canada, LaBreque says. The company intends to begin U.S. and European sales of the NOWA system during 2019.
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