The guide to the connected pool

Connected objects and home automation are not new. These technologies have been around for over 30 years. But why has this phenomenon been under the spotlights only for the past few years?

This can be explained by the evolution of these technologies in recent years. These objects take up less space, their set up is easy and the cost has dropped significantly. Not to mention the change in our consumption pattern of smartphones and tablets, objects that have become ubiquitous in our everyday lives.

Home automation has become accessible to the great majority.

Houses, cars and gardens become connected. Pools and spas have also followed the trend to make life easier for consumers and provide a greater level of comfort and safety

What are the components of a connected pool?

The first player in a connected pool is the pool. Whether small, large, well-equipped or with minimum equipment, there is a suitable installation for it.

Another component is the object or installation that makes the pool smart. This equipment varies depending on the pool and the needs of the user. There is very simple and more complex equipment in all areas: water analysis, water treatment, lighting, heat pumps and many others.

Then, as its name suggests, a connection means is needed to have a connected pool. There are several types of telecommunications networks. The best known is the wireless Wi-Fi network. It is energy-hungry and expensive. The Bluetooth network is a short-range wireless network allowing the transmission of a small amount of data at a low cost and low consumption.

The rush for connected objects has triggered the emergence of new connectivity technologies at low prices and low energy consumption. These networks are designed to transmit a limited amount of data over long distances. In this category, two technologies stand out: Sigfox and LoRa.

3G, 4G cellular networks. They work thanks to a SIM card in the device. This technology makes it possible to collect and transmit large volumes of data. It consumes a lot of energy and is relatively expensive.

To complete the listing, the smartphone plays a key role to connect a pool. It is the intermediate interface between the pool and the user. It acts both as an informer since it communicates the device information to the user, and as an executor since it orders the execution of various actions to the installations.

Connected objects are here to stay. This is not a fad phenomenon, but the premise of the future.

Tip: get used to them as soon as possible to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

5 steps to open up your pool to connectivity

Did you know that it is now possible to control watering and lighting systems with an app? Were you aware that you can find out the state of your pool in real time, even from a distance? Had you realized that connecting your pool to the Internet also translates as savings in its maintenance? If you would like to open up your pool to connectivity but don’t know where to begin, we can give you five tips that will help you take the first steps so that your facility adapts to its new, multiple and surprising possibilities.

1. Have an open mind about connectivity and the Internet of things

We are heading towards global societies in ever smarter cities. Data extraction and analysis are key to building up an urban fabric that adapts to the specific needs of city dwellers. From controlling traffic to managing waste, through to optimizing community services. In the future, our homes will also follow this model and pools will be no stranger to this new trend in consumerism that favors balance and sustainability.

2. There are smart devices for every budget. You just have to decide how much you want to spend!

Before you begin to open up your pool to connectivity, set a budget and stick to it. We recommend that you think about your requirements in the short- and long-term. This will enable you to weigh up your initial outlay and how much you stand to gain by investing in a device over its service life.

Fluidra Connect

3. Find the unit that best suits your needs and the characteristics of your pool

In the Fluidra Connect catalog you can find out about the advantages and characteristics of more than 100 compatible products that can be connected to the Internet: products for water treatment, lighting, cleaning, filtering, heating, etc.

4. Contact an expert to advise you

If there is any doubt in your mind as to which unit best suits your facility, don’t think twice about contacting us for advice and we will help you connect your pool to the Internet.

5. Just enjoy your pool

The Internet of pools (IoP) has arrived so that you can relax and benefit from all of its advantages. A connected pool is also synonymous with peace of mind. So just relax and enjoy it.

Discover how to digitise your pool

A connected pool helps check what is happening at all times and it gives the peace of mind of knowing that it can be controlled even from a distance. Moreover, this technology helps make more efficient use of the power for all of the systems required to run a pool, achieve significant savings in maintenance products, check out the tips given by experts, program the heat pumps to switch on and off, etc.

The Internet of Pools is now a reality that enables users to access their garden and pool systems more easily and faster than ever before. Would you like to find out about some of the most innovative systems currently available?

Blue by Riiot

The Blue by Riiot sensor together with its app for smartphones enables you to collect data about your pool whenever you want and it will tell you whether the water is suitable for bathing. If it is not, the app will suggest the most appropriate solution so that you can use your pool in the shortest possible time.

Blue by Riiot takes readings of the water’s pH, gives details about the levels of disinfectant in the water, shows data about dissolved solids, indicates the salinity, provides information about the water’s temperature and even tells you today’s weather conditions.

The Blue sensor works in pools of any shape whatsoever, from rectangular to round ones, and whatever their layout, whether above-ground or in-ground. In addition, its algorithms and smart sensors (developed using Riiot Labs technology) make it an essential tool for finding out the quality of pool water in real time.

This intuitive, accurate and free app is recommended for people who wish to ensure that the pool water is in top condition all year around. Furthermore, it is a particularly useful system for optimising pool maintenance, saving on chemical products and knowing exactly how to adjust a pool’s settings by following the app’s tips, which have been devised by a team of pool experts.

This small floating device does not require any type of installation and it works in any kind of pool. If you are in any doubt about how to activate and maintain the Blue sensor, you can watch AstralPool’s videos on YouTube.

EvoLine

Another way of checking your pool is by using heat pumps that make it possible to monitor heating performance, turn them on and off, change the running mode and see alarm messages on a mobile appEvoLine is the model that fulfils all of these characteristics. This heat pump is designed to work using a free downloadable app that allows it to be remotely controlled via Wi-Fi. Its characteristics make it a sustainable model that is low on power consumption, environmentally friendly and fitted with the latest advances in remote control. Through the free app, temperature readings are given, the sensor’s settings can be displayed, and the heat pump can be switched on or off, amongst other functions.

Fluidra Connect

Pools can now be fully digitised thanks to Fluidra Connect. This system is revolutionary because it enables users to handle all of the devices built in to their pools and gardens from a single program. Fluidra Connect is not only able to give readings on the state and temperature of the water, but also lets users control lighting and watering systems, water cascades and filtration programs, amongst others. The app, which can be also downloaded free of charge, enables users to contact their nearest service engineer in the sector to service their pools.

To set up a totally smart pool, a Connect Box device must be fitted that is easy to connect to the Internet via cable or a Wi-Fi connection to a router or modem.

If you have a smart pool, your greatest concern will be enjoying it and deciding when to get out of the water.

Why you should connect your pool to the Internet

The Internet of Pools is here and looks set to stay. This groundbreaking concept developed by the Fluidra multinational is posited on applying the Internet of Things to the pool and garden sector and its versatility and ease of use means it is just a question of time until it completely transforms the daily management of swimming facilities. Continue reading “Why you should connect your pool to the Internet