January 2022

18 Florida Pool Prosm • January 2022 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION Do you remember what you were doing in 1991-92? Some commercial pool owners and their service providers remember the humble beginnings of what is now one of the hottest trends in aquatics - remote monitoring and control. As a brief overview, the four major categories of remote monitoring, control and communications are: • Remote Monitoring, optimally in real-time, and from a wide variety of mobile devices. • Digital log keeping down to 1-minute increments, with the ability to easily review stored logs. • Full two-way remote control of any connected device (pumps, filters, heaters, chlorinators, and water fill). • Escalating alert notification of any out-of-range parameter until the issue is resolved. Getting one or two of these is nice… but the real goal is to achieve all of them. The early origins were primitive by today’s standards, and were based on phone line connections, which were relatively expensive, slow, and kind of a pain to set up. Some leading models of early communicating controllers would answer the phone, speak in a synthesized voice, and tell you the readings, the current alarms, etc. While it was one-way communication, and you couldn’t really take any direct action or change settings, you knew there was a problem… that was still awesome. The ’92 controller brochure read: “Your Pool Can’t Wait to Talk to You.” Fast forward a few years to the late 1990s, and some manufacturers came out with a new generation of communicating controllers. These allowed twoway communication for the first time, but lost the voice and alert notification capabilities, which was a shame. One could monitor and store logs, and could change a few settings; they couldn’t change much more remotely. Again, it was providing a unique service enjoyed by many premier pools and condos Monitoring and remote control of pools turns 30 years old! By Alvaro Mendoza, CES / amendoza@ceswaterquality.com