WallyHome uses the wiring in your home to detect mold, water damage

May 7, 2014
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WallyHome uses the wiring in your home to detect mold, water damage

In the connected home space, the efforts typically revolve around security. Sure, you don’t want anyone getting into your home unauthorized, but sometimes the real trouble lurks from within. Water damage and mold are two of the more troubling concerns for homeowners, but WallyHome is here to help.


A simple hub plugs into your ethernet port, which in turn uses your home to monitor itself. Their propriety system, named SNUPI ((Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure) uses the wiring that run through your home to detect moisture, temperature, and humidity, which WallyHome hopes will detect costly issues before they arise.

The hub also uses the electrical wiring as a power source, which, as WallyHome says, means the batteries in their sensors “last 10+ years.” In addition to the hub, nodes are placed throughout your home in various spots of concern like sinks, refrigerators, and other water-consumptive appliance or areas of concern. Best of all, you get notifications via an accompanying app or web interface if anything goes wrong.

Aside from alerting you to a flooding tragedy in your home, this has the makings of an early mold detection system. If a home becomes damaged by mold, sothe only recourse is to tear walls and other structural items out. A simple hub and a few strategically placed nodes are likely a better option that dealing with structural and health damage.


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