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RS Components announces LeakKiller Design Challenge winners

Community engagement unveils innovative IoT solutions to help homeowners reduce insurance premiums and excess

London, UK, 19 February 2018:

RS Components (RS) the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the winners of the global LeakKiller Design Challenge, launched by RS and Legal & General (L&G), to find IoT solutions to help detect and warn homeowners of water leakage in their homes – bringing down both premiums and excess and tackling a £900m problem.

The challenge was hosted via the RS DesignSpark platform, which reached out to its 600k-strong member base to invite entries to address an issue that is responsible for one in five household insurance claims. There were two category winners: Best Flow Detector went to electronics engineering graduate ElectricJosh for his smart-system design using Pycom’s novel IoT style hardware, whilst Best Leak Detector went to Adamsky for his proven system developed entirely for his personal use following a water leak in his home. Special Awards were given to Robmarkcole for Best Innovator, Beata for Simplest Solution and Jade 7272 for Overall Performer. All winners bagged cash prizes between £3-6K.

Maarten Ectors, Chief Digital Officer – GI at Legal & General, said: “We were delighted with the quality and quantity of submissions for the LeakKiller Challenge. DesignSpark brought together some of the best IoT innovators to propose inexpensive solutions to help avoid claims for escape of water. With a reported four per cent rise in the average cost of water leakage claims over the last three years, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) - with nearly one in five claims made on buildings and contents insurance for damage caused by leaks - viable solutions are vital if homeowners are to avoid significant cost, disruption and stress caused by water leakage.”

Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark, added: “The response to the LeakKiller Challenge demonstrated that through community engagement, innovative solutions can be found to real-world problems. The winning designers should be commended on their entries for what was quite a complex challenge.”

To see the winning entries in their entirety, visit and click on the winners.


About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship around 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.

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