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HULO: Using AI to Tackle Water Scarcity by Detecting Leaks in Real-Time

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By: Headliners News / January 17, 2024

Water scarcity is a pressing global issue exacerbated by significant water wastage, particularly due to leaks in national pipe networks. Leuwarden-based startup HULO is addressing this challenge by deploying advanced AI algorithms and smart sensors to detect and localize water leakages in real-time. With the UK wasting over three billion liters of drinking water daily and Italy losing 42% of drinking water annually, HULO’s cloud-based solution optimizes sensor positioning, preventing prolonged undetected leaks and minimizing potential damages.

HULO’s technology offers improved leak detection accuracy by minimizing the need for extensive physical infrastructure checks. Traditionally, most water distribution systems use District Meter Areas (DMAs) to understand and control pressure, flow, and leakage. HULO’s unique approach narrows down potential leak areas without the need for a DMA, providing precise information about the highest potential area of a leak within a network.

The startup’s recent funding of €800,000 from VC firm LUMO Labs and the Netherlands Enabling Water Technology (NEW) Fund will enhance its cloud-based solution, making it scalable and adaptable to diverse market needs globally. HULO is aiming to lead the digital transformation of the water management industry on a global scale, addressing urgent water scarcity issues. The startup’s sensor-agnostic algorithm works with various pressure and flow sensors, contributing to reducing both individual water consumption and collective waste.

As the global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to double by 2050, HULO’s innovative technology holds the potential to make a significant impact in battling water scarcity worldwide. The startup envisions its algorithms helping water utilities globally, reaching areas where water scarcity is a critical problem and contributing to sustainable water management solutions.

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