The American Gas Association (AGA) continues in its efforts to ensure the use of natural gas in the US is as safe as it is clean and economical, saying “safety is the core value for America's natural gas utilities.” According to the AGA, the industry actively looks for ways to support its longstanding record of safely and reliability in delivering natural gas to homes and businesses across the nation, through legislation, industry best practices, peer reviews, infrastructure enhancements, modernized pipeline materials, and R&D.
Last week, Senet, provider of the largest public, SLA-backed, carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in the US announced they have been working with New Cosmos USA, Inc to roll out the New Cosmos Natural Gas Alarm, designed for utility companies to easily install and monitor for potential gas leaks, and quickly alerts residents to dangerous situations.
New Cosmos USA is owned by New Cosmos Electric Co., Ltd., which has a 70% market share in the residential natural gas alarm market in Japan and has sold more than 70 million residential natural gas alarms worldwide.
The companies are engaged in field trials with large multi-utility service providers to explore use cases focused on improving safety levels and reliability across regional natural gas distribution networks.
By addressing site connectivity challenges and delivering state-of-the-art sensing and alerting features, Senet’s announcement said, “this collaboration is strongly positioned to deliver on the needs of utilities, state regulators, and other natural gas stakeholders who are increasingly focused on using emerging technologies and implementing cost-effective best practices to address the safety, reliability, efficiency, and deliverability of an aging infrastructure.”
Features of the New Cosmos 806NLR Wireless Natural Gas Alarm include a 10% Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) gas alarm threshold, far exceeding the industry standard of alarming at 25% LEL and capable of alerting residents to an emergency situation much sooner than traditional technologies, an 85dB alarm warning sound and instructive voice warnings, and wireless communication to the Utility company for early warning and event response preparation on the Senet LoRaWAN network.
An important feature is also the long-life battery operation (for a minimum of 6 years), allowing for flexible, wireless installation options anywhere in the home.