How it works
The monitoring system is formed by a network of specialized sensors. The sensors for measuring temperature and humidity and the combined sensors for measuring the timber weight moisture, temperature and air humidity are installed directly in the building structure at the most vulnerable high-risk locations, such as bathrooms, toilets, technological rooms, kitchens, but also in the flat roof structures or below floor heating systems. The interior environment air quality sensors are installed at a single, central location in the house, such as a hallway that connects all rooms or the entrance to the living room, the most frequented location in the house. Information from the sensors is collected by the central unit. When the unit connects to the Internet, the data are automatically sent to the cloud, where the given calculation algorithms determine possible problems, their seriousness, their possible causes and locations where the given value deviations probably occurred. Using the flood sensors, the system can also locate water on floors and automatically shut down the water intake.
It can be used in the following areas:
- New buildings – monitoring high-risk areas (bathroom, WC, kitchen, utility room, floor heating, etc.) with the objective of a fast detection of water leaks into the structure.
- Wooden and brick buildings – for monitoring potential moisture accumulations in the structure, long-term health of the floors, walls, ceiling as well as rafters.
- All reconstruction types – especially at critical areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms, for measuring and prevention of damages caused by moisture.
- Basement walls – for moisture measurements in the brick walls and for monitoring the condition of individual hydro insulation layers with the objective to detect underground water seepages.
- At locations where accurate, long-term and/or continuous measuring is needed – for monitoring the moisture level of brick structures, wooden structures, façade structures, etc .
It can be used, among other, in the following materials and places:
- Massive wood structures
- Prefabricated panels with timber frame
- Cavities inside wall construction
- Floor sandwiches
- Historical wooden structures
- Glue laminated timber
- Cross laminated timber
- Brick and mortar materials
The system can detects problems arising from several causes:
- Water leaks.
- Material / silicone fatigue due to, for example, cracks in showers.
- Leaks caused by equipment malfunctions, for example, malfunctioning boilers, cracked pipes, material defects, etc.
- Leaks from the waste system due to an improper installation.
- Mechanical damages of water and waste lines caused by, for example, drilling.
- Condensation caused by the temperature difference at inaccessible locations of the structure. Often invisible problem, which can detect up to two m3 of water a year.
- Moisture accumulation caused by insufficient ventilation.
- Leaks from the exterior caused by damaged or worn hydro insulation.
- Moisture accumulation from groundwater.
- High CO2 concentration in the air.
- Sudden air quality changes in the interior.
- Concentration of volatile organic substances.
Senzomatic uses a combination of several sensor types, central data processing unit, sophisticated data processing and interpretation methods in the cloud and client reporting system, thus making sure humidity and moisture in the entire house remains under control.
The highest quality sensor parts available on the market come from Switzerland. They are not cheap, but we value reliability, accuracy, and longevity. This is not the area where you want to pinch pennies.
Used sensor types:
HT – Temperature and moisture sensors are installed at locations, environment of which needs to be monitored (inside structural cavities, inside insulation, monitoring conditions in the interior and the exterior).
MHT – Special combined sensors for measuring weight moisture in the wood, air humidity and temperature and temperature in the building structures.
FHT – Flood sensors for a fast detection of water leaks in the interior or in the building structure.
BHT – Special sensors to brick walls for measuring moisture of brick structures, concrete floors, ceilings, etc.
IAQ – Interior environment quality sensors that monitor the air quality in the interior. They measure the concentration of CO2 and of organic volatile substances, and relative humidity and temperature.
2. Central unit
It collects data from individual sensors, executes initial data processing and display, and backs up data to the internal memory. Once connected to the Internet, it transmits the encrypted data for cloud processing using artificial intelligence algorithms, which help to detect arising problems immediately upon their occurrence.
We recommend to connect the sensors to the central unit. It is important to make sure that the connection between the local central unit and the Senzomatic server is established immediately upon the installation (using, for example, an LTE modem), usually even before connecting the house to the Internet. It is subsequently up to the client to select his/her Internet connection system after the given final building approval. Should you experience any problems, we can help you with that.
4. Data interpretation at a high level
The Senzomatic team regularly processes the data. The corresponding reports are sent to the clients on a regular basis. Alternatively, the clients can also login to the Senzomatic web portal via their accounts to see the current values. Our team of experienced experts has everything under control.
The system collects data from critical building locations and interprets them in relation to the humidity and temperature information from the inside and outside of the building. Humidity accumulation is, under certain circumstances, natural and normal, however, the same values can be problematic under other conditions, under which they will be interpreted as a potential risk. Since every building is unique, Senzomatic uses special algorithms, thanks to which it can quickly recognize how your building is doing and determine the combinations that should be monitored. It can also directly specify critical situations.
The system regularly collects data from sensors installed throughout the building structure. It stores them and assesses them using advanced algorithms. It is the data processing algorithms that represent the highest added value of the system. Thanks to many years of experience and records from more than 600 monitored buildings, we have prepared, and verified in practice, automated assessment algorithms, which not only process the currently measured values, but also compare them with (short) historical values as well as with the values obtained from other sensors installed inside and outside of the given building. As a result of that, the algorithms are able to determine the overall condition of the structure and to detect any sudden changes. The algorithms are able to automatically detect many false alarms.
The algorithms work with historical data of the sensors in the structure and can automatically learn the behavior of the structure. The algorithms not only detect anomalies, but they also assess the given risk ratio (score), which such an anomaly can represent for the given structure. Based on the obtained score, the corresponding information is submitted to the system operator or directly to the building owner. The customer is informed about the situation and the operator proposes how to proceed further.
In some cases it may be difficult for a human eye to recognize an anomaly in the measured data. That is why we use sensitive automated algorithms, which can reliably detect the anomalies even in difficult cases when the corresponding data are also affected by other quantities.
The benefit of the Senzomatic system is not just monitoring, but especially in the subsequent data interpretation and assessments.
5. Automatic water main shutdown option
We have a simple and cheap solution that can be used with a majority of the main water shut-off valves. It allows for an automatic shutdown of the water intake in case of an emergency.