Reseller agreement brings AI leak-locating software to Australia

WaterGroup Pty Ltd

Tuesday, 08 February, 2022

Reseller agreement brings AI leak-locating software to Australia

Australian utility water savings company WaterGroup has become the official Australian reseller for the BuntBrain software platform, including AI-based leak-locating software.

Non-revenue water (NRW) represents a significant economic challenge to water utilities worldwide. Apart from typically well over 10% of drinking water lost each day, the World Bank estimates the global loss to amount to A$20 billion annually. BuntPlanet aims to tackle this issue.

“Our trials across Europe and Latin America have demonstrated the ability of our artificial intelligence platform to perform effectively, even in highly challenging environments where there were high levels of NRW,” said Borja Arzac, Key Account Manager, BuntPlanet. “We think Australian utilities will benefit from this software.

“With pressure on dwindling water resources, especially in times of climate change, water utilities worldwide increasingly turn to software such as ours to reduce water losses. We expect the Australian market to be a world reference in water conservation software application.”

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, Managing Director for WaterGroup, said, “We have enjoyed a couple of wetter summers due to a strong La Niña weather pattern bringing lots of rain to Australia, especially to the east. However, we all know how quickly things can change before we stare down the barrel of empty pipes again. The time to save water using IoT and increasingly AI is now.”

“BuntBrain LeakFinder is an innovative data analytics solution suitable for any kind of network,” said Arzac. “It combines artificial intelligence and hydraulic modelling to detect irregularities within the network. The self-learning algorithms analyse predictions from the historical data and compares it to data collected from pressure sensors, flow and customer water meters. Its big data analysis engine uses that discrepancy to locate leaks.”

The solution is commercially available through WaterGroup. Utilities can see it in action by requesting a demo with WaterGroup or at its official launch at stand M24 at Ozwater'22, to be held in Brisbane from 10–12 May 2022.

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