Victoria Edwards, CEO, FIDO Tech said:
“With the support of UWS to create Cloud Correlation, we have now combined our AI-enabled leak detection and sizing with the power of cloud computing to give engineers exact leak location in the field. This further eliminates human input, and therefore error, from the leak process freeing up skilled human talent for more complex tasks like pressure management and investigation, where it has more value."
“Around 30% of the world’s treated drinking water is lost from pipeline networks before it ever reaches our taps**. FIDO Tech is committed to saving that water to protect communities and the environment we love from the impacts of climate change.
“UNESCO called reducing water leaks a low or no regrets response to climate change because it ties into adaptation and mitigation. Around four per cent of global power production goes into abstracting, treating and transporting water***. Reducing wastage through leakage, particularly in areas where power is generated using fossil fuels, both conserves resources and reduces emissions.”
Funded through Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme, the success of this KTP project has been the result of close collaboration between UWS and FIDO Tech, through the placement of a specialist KTP Associate – a graduate who is employed by the University to contribute specialist knowledge and skills.
Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, of UWS’s School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Innovate UK for the funding received which enabled this collaborative project to take place. UWS’s KTP programme continues to blaze a trail in terms of innovation.
“The outcomes of this project will increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation, contributing significantly to addressing sustainability aims globally and helping cities, even in developed nations, avoid the threat of Day Zero.”