Con Edison installs smart gas detectors for customers

Published on December 03, 2018 by Dave Kovaleski

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Con Edison is installing smart natural gas detectors for some of its customers that can detect gas leaks early and quickly notify emergency responders.

These smart gas detectors will sound an alarm if it detects a gas leak and then will communicate directly with Con Edison’s Gas Emergency Response Center. Con Edison will, in turn, immediately notify the fire department. Both Con Edison and the local fire department will be dispatched to the property. The alarm will continue to sound until Con Edison shuts it off. A voice recording will advise inhabitants to evacuate and call 911.

They are being installed in homes and businesses in parts of Westchester County, New York, as part of a pilot program. They are installed near where the gas service pipe enters a building or near the gas meter where the device is installed.

“These detectors could help save lives by using smart technology to communicate directly from a customer’s home to our emergency department,” Marc Huestis, senior vice president for Con Edison’s Gas Operations, said. “We’re proud to be the first utility in the country to pilot this game-changing gas safety initiative.”

Con Edison delivers electricity, natural gas, and steam to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.

These smart detectors, developed by New Cosmos, are one of the first of their kind.

“We are excited to launch the industry’s first battery-powered methane detector with wireless communication. As a leading manufacturer of gas detection products, we are proud to be partnering with Con Edison to develop this innovative life safety product,” Yoshinori Nishiue, senior director of engineering at New Cosmos, said.