Radio Data Networks’ Limited is committed to reducing its own impact, that of its supply chain on the environment. Almost 20% of our revenue since 2014 has been expended on R&D pioneering smart sensors, telemetry and resilient mission critical IoT to monitor, measure and even mitigate water pollution caused by sewer blockages, spills from combined sewer overflows CSOs, industrial pollution, flooding and water quality monitoring.
In 2018 following media linking sewer overloads, surcharges and CSO overflows with plastics in our waterways and oceans, we have been proactively promoting the application of our technology to combat the spill of plastics in our oceans. We are hoping that in 2019 our latest technology such as a out Patented sewer regulator valve will see widespread adoption and as a consequence help to reduce the frequency of spills and plastics reaching our oceans.
As always we engage philanthropically with trade associations such as British Water, Future Water and the Low Power Radio Association to develop ideas and disseminate best practice, such as CSO spill reduction through real-time control, flow regulation and containment valves.
Our operational hub, the unique Innovation Farm, is an “A” rated eco-friendly building equipped with the latest state of the art PV generation making us virtually energy self sufficient for considerable periods of the year. Further, within our building employ the latest in energy and water monitoring and targeting devices and software to ensure that we are optimising our utilisation wherever possible.
Our remote monitoring and sensing solutions bring enormous benefits to the environment in terms of both pollution reduction and in lowering the carbon footprint of our customers by providing remote asset information in real-time thereby reducing the need to travel many tens of thousands of miles per annum.
Our delivery platforms have been deliberately designed to be robust and our protocols are optimised to maximise battery life, with many devices exceeding 10-years life from a single battery pack.
In 2017 three items of Radio Data Networks technology was selected by Anglian Water to feature in their Newmarket Shop Window. A real-time pump control system, a CSO Containment Valve and a discharge monitoring pollution telemetry system.
In 2018, we have developed a retro-fit flow regulator that can also aid the reduction of flows and hence the occurrence of sower overflows and CSO overflow spills.
As a company we support the aims of both the Water Framework Directive and Environmental Liability Directive 2004/35/EC where businesses large and small are required by lay to prevent and to remediate pollution. Our technology is designed to assist the reduction of pollution through the early detection of events and to permit the mitigation of incidents through the provision of CNoT for real-time data and control.
The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC is probably the most specific of all the directives applicable to our industry sector. It applies to the whole of the European Union and embraces everything from catchment protection through to bathing waters.
Our corporate services are focused on environmental control, pollution reduction, the protection of the environment through the use of radio telemetry and remote monitoring rather than “man in van”, data logging, both of which produce nothing but autopsy reports. Consultancy services are offered through our sister company Euro Technology Services Limited www.eurotechltd.co.uk
We believe that by providing real-time data it enables customers understand how their operations impact on the environment. It also permits customers implement real-time and automated event mitigation strategies, ranging from the fitting of PCDs (e.g. pollution containment valves through) through to real-time pump control, both of which can help enable incidents from becoming disasters. All would agree that it is far less carbon intensive to receive advanced warning of a blocked sewer than to have to expend carbon on remediation.
For and on behalf of
Radio Data Networks Limited
Brian M Back
Brian M Back BEng(Hons) CEng FIET MIoD