The Highland Reserves Forces and Cadets Association

Intelligent Water Monitoring trial in the Highlands

The Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (HRFCA) is one of 13 autonomous Tri-Service bodies established as Crown Agencies by an Act of Parliament to support the reserve forces and cadets in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

The HRFCA was looking for a water monitoring solution to prove and maintain compliance with health and safety regulations relating to water safety. North worked with HRFCA to deploy an IoT-based Intelligent Water Monitoring solution to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of users and visitors to the reserve centres and helps to eliminate the risk of legionella and other bacteria.

The technology was installed in army reserve centres in Inverness and Elgin, and an office nearby, with network connectivity provided through IoT Scotland, Scotland’s National IoT network which is owned and operated by North.

HRFCA can now access immediate data on water system conditions through an intuitive and easy to navigate management platform. The platform also provides real-time alerts, notifications and insights into areas where action may be required to improve water system compliance and management.

Instead of relying on scheduled water monitoring reports from contractors to capture a snapshot of water temperatures at a specific point in time, The HRFCA can now view and access real-time accurate data and trends. Carbon emissions are also reduced as the need to travel between sites to monitor water conditions has been significantly reduced.



  • Capture and report data in real-time to prove compliance with water safety legislation
  • Reduced carbon emissions as there is no need to travel to and from sites to conduct checks
  • Improved maintenance with less water system downtime, delivering cost efficiencies
  • Measuring water system conditions in real-time, improves the health and wellbeing of users and visitors as it helps to eliminate the risk of legionella and other bacteria
  • More efficient water systems based on real-time data on when to empty and drain irregularly used facilities and water systems to prevent bacterial growth
  • Improved operational efficiencies by knowing how to use water systems more efficiently.