Utilizing Sound Technology for Plumbing Problem Detection: The Innovation of Conservation Laboratories

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Water authorities and utilities have used acoustic sensors to canvas for leaks and signs of wear and tear for years. One of these startups, Conservation Labs, is creating a water-listening sensor that attaches to the plumbing in residential, multifamily and office properties. But as with many — if not most — AI- and algorithm-driven products on the market, it’s tough to know exactly how well Conservation Labs’ tech performs without extensively testing it first. Like water-listening sensors, acoustic sensors that monitor machines is well-established tech. Beyond Conservation Labs, startups like Noiseless Acoustics and OneWatt use AI-powered sensors to better understand the patterns of industrial equipment.