Loadwatch has been designed to monitor many suspension points in parallel
Europe - Neumann&Müller has developed an IoT-based system for checking and monitoring safety-related suspension points used to bear loads in the event sector.
Loadwatch has been designed to monitor many such suspension points in parallel. This new product underwent its first major acid test at Fira de Barcelona. It provides trade fair companies and venue operators with greater safety in load distribution to load-bearing structures.
Loadwatch can be seamlessly integrated into trade fair and event processes, says N&M. The information needed for assigning parameters to the individual load cells is transmitted digitally and wirelessly. Feedback on the approved load case is given visually by LEDs on the device itself – whereby a traffic light system signals the degree of utilisation. Further information is transferred via an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) interface to a centralised web server, where the acquired data is analysed and visualised in a transparent manner.
This information is available any time, any place via various communication interfaces, for example via a cloud-based web application. The loads can be monitored by N&M in its role of technical services provider for trade fairs and venues as well as by booth builders and exhibitors to check whether the load distribution agreed in the planning phase has indeed been complied with.
“It adds a substantial extra layer of safety,” explains Matthias Rupieper, the head of N&M’s trade fair division. “Planning can be validated with actual measured values, especially when dealing with small point loads and demanding project requirements.” He went on to underline that this is particularly important when there are many loads for a load-bearing structure or if secondary components are affected by load distribution – which are major aspects for trade fair companies and venue operators.
“This new type of permanent monitoring allows us to push the limits when designing trade fair presences and executing a great number of other projects.”

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