Technology

Wireless concrete monitoring sensors introduced into US

11 February 2020 | By Andrew Pring

Kryton International has launched a smart concrete sensor into the US which allows long-distance monitoring of on-site pouring operations.

Maturix Smart Concrete technology runs on the Sigfox 0G network, the world’s largest IoT network covering more than a billion people in more than 65 countries. Sigfox’s long-range and low-power-demand network allows Maturix sensor batteries to last for years, a significant advance over current sensor products that last for a few weeks.

The Sigfox network also means that Maturix users are not required to physically visit the worksite to take data readings. The sensors transmit data to a user’s internet-connected device anywhere in the world. Concrete temperatures, at chosen depths, are displayed to the user in real time.

In addition, by using Maturix’s patented process, this data is converted to actual in-place concrete strength. Temperature and strength readings are recorded and reported as required by the user.

The ability to monitor concrete strength and temperature in real time from remote locations and Kryton said it believes the technology will help US contractors “build faster, achieve better performance, and save money at the same time”.

Kevin Yuers, vice president of product development at Kryton, said: “Unlike single-use sensors that are cast into concrete, Maturix Smart Concrete Sensors can be used over and over for multiple castings and projects. Not only does this significantly reduce cost, but it’s also a much greener and more sustainable use of materials.”

Developed by Sensohive Technologies in Denmark, the Maturix devices and software platform have been used on many projects in Europe.