Groundbreaking system detects underground pipe leaks in seconds


A new cloud-based system could prevent ‘millions’ of litres of water being lost from underground pipe leaks.

Developed by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) alongside FIDO Tech, the Cloud Correlation System accurately detects the location of hidden leaks ‘within seconds’.

The partners added that it would allow water utility firms to source leaks ‘more accurately than ever before’.

It uses small sensors which attach magnetically to pipes and record simultaneous acoustic samples that are then uploaded to the cloud system for automatic signal processing.

Exact results of the leak’s location between the two sensors are then received by the utility firms almost immediately.