The Internet of Things is a concept that has been talked about for quite a while. The idea of a network of millions of sensors and instruments that monitors the running of everyday objects first came about in the 1990s, when forward-looking people began to toy with the idea of smart household appliances, such as fridges that could warn their owners when they were about to run out of milk.
In the intervening years, this idea has moved away from the realm of science fiction and has become increasingly present in our everyday lives. Thanks to Fluidra, the Internet of Things has now reached the swimming pool sector and has allowed us to introduce a brand new concept: the Internet of Pools.
We have designed Fluidra Connect, a platform that allows users to remotely control all of the components involved in the maintenance of a swimming pool, from the filtration to the lighting system, through to the heating and the chemical treatment of water.
Fluidra Connect works via a Wi-Fi internet connection. Using the Connect Box device, the platform allows users to control all of the parameters and information about the control settings from their PC, tablet or smartphone. This information is displayed on easy-to-read charts and reports in which any incident or setting that should be checked are highlighted.
Furthermore, to achieve the interconnectivity of the components that make up a swimming pool, our new products feature MODBUS in their configuration, an innovative communications protocol that enables connectivity.
The advantages that this system offers to users are clear but it is also important to mention that Fluidra Connect will open up new business opportunities for professionals in the sector. From now on, service engineers who undertake maintenance work on swimming pools will be able to offer an exclusive service for a minimum investment that will make diagnostic visits a thing of the past.
Furthermore, pool dealers will be in a position to increase the number of clients they have at any given time, as well as being able to solve problems with equipment or water condition more efficiently.
Fluidra Connect was officially launched at Piscine Global 2014 to great expectation and excitement. The platform was well received by the hundreds of industry professionals who attended the exhibition, held in Lyon, as they were able to see the system’s innovative features for themselves.