How Aguardio leverages LTE-M to reduce water consumption.
Operating in 6 countries
4-6x better battery life with LTE-M compared to WiFi
In 2017, Aguardio's CEO and Founder, Thomas Munch-Laursen, started researching what was necessary to develop an IoT device that monitored shower duration. An essential component was deciding how to connect their devices to a centralized platform. Early models and prototypes started with a WiFi-enabled device, but there were drawbacks, primarily the lack of plug-and-play functionality and battery lifetime.
The diverse backgrounds of Aguardio's target market make plug-and-play a necessity for a successful deployment. That's why choosing cellular connectivity over WiFi was a significant milestone in its journey.
Aguardio's product doesn't just involve building management; it requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders:
- Those who design, construct, and renovate buildings.
- Those who manage building operations.
- Those looking for smart-health solutions. For example, Aguardio sensors installed in schools help staff understand how often children use the bathroom because if they don't go often enough, it can lead to bladder issues.
Aguardio's mission is to help create bathrooms with sustainability at its core and be part of building management to help operations meet regulations and requirements for efficiency. In addition, Aguardio's sensors monitor humidity, which can be a strong predictor of mold building, creating actionable insight such as avoiding future renovation costs. Humidity monitoring has been especially effective in mold-prone places like bathrooms at camping sites or common shower rooms.
The solution that Aguardio has created is an answer to what will be a future pain: the risk of water scarcity.
Creating more intelligent buildings with cellular-enabled water monitoring.
How Onomondo is helping Aguardio reach new markets.
Onomondo provides Aguardio with access to a variety of different RAN technologies. While LTE-M and NB-IoT are limited in availability at scale, Onomondo has been able to offer several networks as Thomas and Anders scale their business.
When deciding on a provider, Thomas chose Onomondo's LTE-M connectivity for several reasons. "Low cost on connectivity, especially because Aguardio's devices use less than 1 MB of data per month since the data they send is in kilobytes. And our devices only send information once every 24 hours, and it is not critical data."
As the team continued to deploy devices in new markets in distant countries from its native Denmark, remote diagnostics became more critical. The customer support teams use Traffic Monitor, Network Logs, and Signaling Logs within the Onomondo portal. When an Aguardio customer needs assistance troubleshooting a device, the customer support team can resolve issues faster.
The first steps in solving a global water crisis.
With global water scarcity challenges, strong partnerships between IoT businesses and connectivity partners are pertinent. Robust cellular connectivity with tools to help a company serve its customers is an essential component.
Right now, people only have estimates to go off of when considering their water usage in the bathroom. Accurate monitoring of this water usage is the first step in creating data-driven changes. Measuring both human behaviors in the bathroom and understanding the impacts of that behavior can lead to usage and billing information that didn't exist before.
Thomas and Anders are on the road to becoming leaders in water and water usage monitoring. The team at Onomondo jumps at the chance to help Aguardio grow into new markets and educate on recent developments in RAN technologies. With new frontiers in IoT around every corner, the right partnership can significantly impact an entire industry. "Onomondo is one of the leaders in the industry. You can team up and immediately have the chance to work with data in several countries." Anders Barkholt, COO, Aguardio.