Hundreds of devices are being set up around Watford to monitor the presence deadly Legionella bacteria.

Watford Borough Council has partnered with a local firm IoT Solutions Group to keep an eye on the bacteria that is responsible for Legionnaires’ disease.

The firm's Internet of Things technology is a system of internet-connected objects that collect and transfer data without human intervention.

Devices are battery-powered and work by assessing temperature and flow levels in real time, automatically raising an alert when abnormalities are detected.



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IoT Solutions is also delivering emergency lighting management devices to public properties in the area, including Watford Town Hall and Watford Museum.

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “We’re really excited about this partnership, and to be incorporating this new technology into our essential processes as a council.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this technology will take us next.”

Emma Mahy, chief executive and co-founder of IoTSG, said: “We are delighted to be working with Watford Borough Council to roll out our Legionella mitigation and emergency lighting management solutions.

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“The potential applications of IoT technology for enhancing public services are seemingly limitless, and deployments with other councils have garnered strong results."