MOU with Mekorot, to develop spectral water monitoring systems.

MOU with Mekorot, to develop spectral water monitoring systems.

Newsight Imaging signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mekorot, Israel National Water Company, to develop spectral water monitoring systems.

The startup from Ness Ziona has developed a prototype based on its spectral chip that is capable of monitoring water thousands of times a second using light, without contact with the water

Newsight Imaging, a startup from Ness Ziona that develops chips for machine vision and spectral diagnostics, today announced the signing of an MOU with Mekorot, Israel National Water Company, to jointly develop water monitoring systems.

The system is based on a camera chip designed to constitute a precise and inexpensive spectrometer. The chip contains an array of pixels and unique filters, as well as hardware, for precise spectral diagnostics. The operating principle involves illuminating the substance, in this case water, with light and testing and analyzing the reflected light. The method is already applied in a wide variety of costly spectrometers; the Newsight chip constitutes a breakthrough in being able to provide a precise and cheap spectral solution.

Newsight is engaged in collaborations with the makers of water meters, water desalination plants and industrial plants to integrate the technology at numerous monitoring locations. The system is capable of connecting up to a wireless communications medium, standard practice today for smart water meters, and transmitting the sampling results to the cloud, where monitoring is implemented, and issue of alerts enabled. The collaboration with Mekorot was made possible after Mekorot experts were persuaded of the system’s technological feasibility, and the teams are currently conducting advanced testing in order to define what will be tested for and where the pilot will be implemented.