Practical. Precise. Data-Driven.
Leakster has developed the hardware and software to provide a ground-breaking water distribution condition monitoring solution that detects and pin-points water distribution pipeline leaks - enabling water utilities to make more efficient asset management decisions.
And Leakster's Solution
Failing water pipes are an economic and environmental disaster
The availability of clean and affordable water for everyone on the planet is becoming a major challenge. It is reported that by 2050 at least one in four people will be affected by water stress and severe water shortages. According to the International Water Association, water loss from pipe bursts, leaks and water theft accounts for 25% to 50% per cent of the total supply and in emerging markets it goes up to 75%. Fixing the problem could provide water for 90 million people without requiring one drop of additional water.
However what can be done?
Given water assets are often underground, it is difficult for water utilities (the operators of water distribution infrastructure) to know the condition of their assets, particularly where leaks exist, and the size of these leaks until the water becomes visible on the surface. Often, before the leaking water becomes visible, the leak turns into large pipe rupture causing further water loss and damage to property and the environment. How can utilities determine the condition of their pipelines before leaks appear when these assets are underground?
Leakster's technology provides active condition monitoring of pipelines
At Leakster it is our mission to address this problem, by assisting water utilities to understand the condition of their assets before it becomes a problem. We have developed and are trialing a ground-breaking technology that uses IoT sensing and machine learning to detect and point-point the location of pipeline leaks, integrating leakage data with a utilities GIS. The acoustic sensor data, GPS and GIS integration, combined with signal processing and the use of Artificial Intelligence enables us to provide superior condition and location insights.
We continuously monitor the integrity of pipeline infrastructure detecting leaks that would not otherwise be detected. This helps utilities make informed asset management and maintenance decisions.
Leakster's patent pending sensor is fitted on a pipe with no need to shut-off water supply either on a permanent or removable basis. Each sensor is independent and provides highly synchronised data direct to the cloud.
Our software operates on a cloud based big data analytics platform which allows for hundreds of thousands of data points to be captured and stored in dynamic databases. We have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based algorithm that uses the data collected from the sensor to identify the presence of a leak and the location of leaks in the network integrated with a utilities GIS system.
Our user interface provides automated PDF reporting and a web based user interface to display identified leaks within the network and gives the user the GIS coordinates and asset ID's of each leak. The software will identify whether a leak is fixed upon repair and automatically updated the user interface.