France: Liquides Magazine (#01, June 2019, p.49)
Water is becoming more and more important every day as a major global economic issue. With this in mind, Gutermann, the Swiss specialist in innovation and technology to search for water leaks since three generations, has devoted itself to the fight against the problem of water loss in urban infrastructure.
In a sector that had fallen asleep a little bit, Gutermann has achieved worldwide recognition thanks to its know-how and its exceptional fixed network technology ZONESCAN ALPHA using permanently installed correlating acoustic loggers. Successes throughout the world and in particular in France (Lyon: 5,500 loggers) are the company’s best ambassadors. The quality and durability of its products, the constant technological improvements, the simplicity of installation and the ease of use, as well as the accuracy and reliability of the intelligent analytics, characterise the unique Gutermann expertise. Its field-proven hardware and software such as ZONESCAN ALPHA (fixed distribution network monitoring), ZONESCAN NET (cloud services), and ZONESCAN SMART (Android based leak detection software) have helped utilities worldwide evolve into veritable leakage control centres.
Gutermann is one of the only companies recognized as having developed an automatic, permanently installed monitoring system with correlation capablities (this is the key word) within water distribution networks. The data is collected automatically and sent to a cloud server. The customer is alerted immediately if a leak is to be repaired. A detailed analysis of the sound recording in decibels and frequency can be used to check the veracity of the leak in relation to the noise interferences.
The company hopes to keep its lead, promote increasingly the automation of leak identification and pinpointing, develop the market of district heating and large-diameter pipelines, while continuing to to expand internationally. Recently, the trunk main solution HISCAN was launched, a permanently installed monitoring system using hydrophone sensors and also integrated into the GUTERMANN CLOUD. This new technology allows detecting leakss over very long distances.