Leaks can be detected
from space

Utilis identifies fresh water leaks
by analyzing satellite imagery


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Around the world, 46 billion liters of treated water are lost every day.

Leak detection technologies have not changed much in 80 years. They continue to be costly and somewhat ineffective as companies around the world struggle to find leaks, save scarce resources and money. Despite the waste of water, utilities many times can’t make widespread use of current leak detection technologies as they are not economically viable.

Meet Utilis.

Using technology that is used to look for water on other planets, Utilis analyzes satellite imagery to detect leaks and non-revenue-water. The result? Images that cover 3.500 square kilometers at once. The leaks are displayed in user friendly GIS reports including street locations, with great accuracy, saving significant labor associated with finding leaks with current methods.

Utilis uses aerial imaging.

Taken from satellite mounted sensors, the raw imagery is overlaid on GIS systems and then processed by Utilis’ unique algorithms. The Utilis’ algorithm detects treated water, by looking for a particular spectral “signature” typical to drinking water. The user is then presented with a leakage graphic report overlaid on a map with streets and pipes.

Why use a satellite to acquire images?

As satellites orbit the earth at a very high altitude they have the capacity to process 3.500 square kilometer images, therefore covering entire distribution systems. Also, our technology can be used independently of weather conditions and time of the day.


How our technology works

Satellite Image Acquisition
Raw satellite images of the area are acquired.
Radiometric Corrections
Utilis takes the raw data and prepares it for analysis, by filtering bounces from buildings and other manmade objects, vegetation hydrologic objects, and more.
Algorithmic Analysis
Utilis uses advanced algorithmic analysis to track the spectral “signature” of potable water in the ground.
Web based app and intuitive UI
The leaks are displayed in user friendly GIS reports including street locations.
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The Utilis service is provided periodically, on a monthly, quarterly or half-year basis;

At the beginning of each period, Utilis presents a graphic and/or tabular Leakage Report containing the location of suspected leaks. The information is displayed on top of GIS maps.

Utilis periodic Leakage Reports benefits include: early leaks detection and repairs verification, that significantly contribute to NRW reduction.
Repetitive update of the leakage reports improve accuracy of findings, thus enabling composition of more efficient operational work-plans.


Advisory Board

Prof. Dan Blumberg
Head of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility

Image Facility, a remote sensing research laboratory. Prof. Blumberg is a member of the advisory committee through BGN Technologies.

Prof. Blumberg has published numerous papers in the field of remote sensing, image processing, and target detection.

Prof. Masanobu Shimada
Professor at Tokyo Denki University

Dr. Shimada is a Professor of Tokyo Denki University, school of science and engineering, an invited researcher of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and a guest Professor of Yamaguchi University.
He graduated from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Kyoto University in 1977, and received an M.Eng. from the university in 1979. In the same year, he joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now JAXA).
Since then, Dr. Shimada has performed the spaceborne microwave sensing researches, i.e., scatterometer and synthetic aperture radar at JAXA.

Management Team

Elly Perets
Elly Perets joined Utilis in 2015. Before, he founded Progressive Labs and served as the CEO, providing an innovative SAAS based software solution for retailers worldwide. Elly served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pageflex Inc., a US based company, operating from Marlborough MA, provides web based branding, document compassion engines and campaign management solutions. Elly has a vast knowledge in Theory of Constraints having served as a consultant at the Goldratt Group. Prior to that, Elly served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Press-sense Ltd., a web-based software management systems provider.

Elly Holds a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Wharton business school and School of Engineering & Applied Science as well as a Law degree (L.L.B) and a Business degree from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia, Israel.
Lauren Guy
CTO and co-founder
Lauren is an entrepreneur by heart, and an avid fan of using the remote sensing power to achieve the impossible. Lauren co-founded Utilis in 2013 in order to do an impossible thing – See water leaks from space! With a master in Geophysics and a bachelor in hydrology and geomorphology Lauren had the unique knowledge to write and execute the algorithms being used in Utilis.

Lauren is currently Utilis’ CTO and he is in charge of setting the fundamentals to the R&D and productions teams, combined with finding other environmental solutions for different kind of utilities. He has highly diversified skills across industry and function – deep technical background, mainstream management capabilities and start-up ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking.  
Lauren possesses three patents in remote sensing and SAR.
Eddy Segal
VP Sales
In 2010, Eddy entered the water industry and since then has worked with customers in 5 continents, structuring efficiency improvement and water loss reduction deals.
Prior to joining Utilis in 2015, Eddy served as Director of Business Development in Miya Water and before that, in TaKaDu, where he sold the first SaaS solutions for Water Utilities worldwide.
James Perry
VP Sales, North America
16+ years experience working in all functions within fortune 10 company, and 10+ years in mid to small businesses managing strategic planning, focused on new markets worldwide.

Contact Us

Utilis Israel Ltd.

Amal St. 13,
Park Afeq Building B,
3rd floor Rosh Ha’ayin 4809249
Phone +972.3.5108119
Fax: +972.9.8866006

Utilis Inc. USA Sales

James Perry
16885 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 305
San Diego, CA 92127
Mobile: +1-858-382-7066