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Collaboration is preventing manhole explosions and fires

Collaboration is preventing manhole explosions and fires

In America’s biggest cities, hundreds of manholes catch fire or explode every year, with the consequences ranging from serious injury to fatality. Even in the UK, more than 50 incidents a year are reported according to statistics supplied by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

We have been working with UK engineering and design consultancy, Plextek to develop a new IoT-based system to prevent manhole explosions, primarily caused by bad weather, road salting and flooding interacting with aging underground power infrastructures.

Manhole cover Sentir New York

“Plextek’s expertise in communication and sensor systems allowed us to accelerate our development and rapidly deploy Sentir into the market,” said Dr Edward Klinger, CEO of CNIguard. “Their work has enabled Sentir to include several different variations of environmental sensor with cellular capability powered by a reliable long-life battery or harvested power from underground cables themselves.”

Following the successful launch with Con Edison in New York, we are looking to work with other energy suppliers in the UK, Europe and worldwide, helping to increase the safety of city street furniture, infrastructures and networks.

To find out more about how Con Edison and it’s over 3.5 million utility customers are benefiting from CNIguard and Plextek’s technical collaboration over Sentir, read more via the media links below.

Electrical Engineering

Cambridge Network

Data Centre Review

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Building & Facilities Management

RFID Journal

Jim Darroch
Jim Darroch
VP Software & Engineering

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Jim is a software development executive with 30 years’ experience in designing software and data solutions for Data/Telecoms, Industrial and IoT markets – with an emphasis on reliability, high availability, safety, and security. He has experience in building and leading software teams on a global scale for multiple large corporations (notably HP, Emerson and Honeywell) as well as several small/start-ups; establishing teams to quickly deliver innovative Software solutions.  Jim holds a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Computer Science from Strathclyde University.
Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
Chief Financial Officer

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30 years qualified accountant with industry based board level experience in the UK, Europe and China. Stephen is a commercially focused accountant having been group financial director for Eaglemoss Publications, an international publishing group for over 20 years. Other roles include management accountant for Porcelanosa and a consultancy role for fashion group, Jumper Retail.
Chris Quire
Chris Quire
Chief Executive Officer

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Chris is an engineer and technology executive with over 30 years of global experience in designing, manufacturing, deploying, and supporting wireless solutions in the utility and consumer electronics sectors. He was previously with Landis+Gyr and Comverge, after starting his career with Panasonic. Chris holds a MBA from Georgia State and a BEE from the Georgia Tech, as well as two patents.
Dr. Edward Klinger
Dr. Edward Klinger
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

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Edward is an engineer with 35 years experience in creating, building and running global technology companies. He is founder of CNIguard which manufactures ruggedized sensoring systems for critical infrastructure including water, electricity, transport, oil & gas, and defense sectors. Previously he was with PwC, Perot Systems, and Pratt & Whitney, and an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Edward holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill and an MBA from Wharton.

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