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FIDO Bugs

FIDO Bugs are simple low-cost single-user devices which are dropped en masse onto any field assets in a defined area for gathering the data FIDO AI needs.

Used as part of the end-to-end FIDO Sweep process, they complement and extend your existing acoustic estate, expanding it into network areas not currently served by loggers. They can also be a no-CAPEX way to build an acoustic sampling capability from scratch.

Just like traditional acoustic loggers, FIDO Bugs record the sounds made by leaks and then use FIDO AI in the cloud to deliver near real-time super reliable points of information on leak/no leak and leak size with 92% accuracy

Unlike traditional devices they are not limited to alarm thresholds. FIDO Bugs take multiple sound recordings at client-determined intervals down to 15 minutes. This means you can spot leaks earlier in their lifecycle, and further reduce your water loss.

Individual results on leak probability and size are delivered straight to a smartphone app in the field for immediate actioning. They are also compiled by FIDO as a heatmap of points of interest.

FIDO Bugs in a box, lit up

Using the kit

FIDO Bugs are supplied as part of a FIDO Sweep Kit, which consists of 20 Bugs housed in a charging/transport case.

Using Bugs is simplicity itself and requires no special training. First, shake it to wake it. Then, set the recording interval on your FIDO smartphone app. Finally, drop the magnetic Bug onto any accessible network or customer-side asset. No need to input any location data.

Bluetooth connectivity allows data to be transferred onto engineer’s mobile phone whenever it is nearby.

Our Bugs are manufactured to a very high standard to withstand the rigours of any operational environment. Tested to withstand extreme temperature, pressure and shock, each comes in a fully Chloros safe, polycarbonate shell.

Generate points of evidence

Although FIDO Bugs are designed to be used in multiples as part of the FIDO Sweep process, they can also be effective when used singly in conjunction with other on-site equipment.

A single FIDO Bug with FIDO AI can be used in multiple ways to help leakage teams deliver reliable points of evidence for confident dig work orders.

Using the FIDO smartphone, Bugs provide instant leak frequency range as a fast Fourier transform (FFT) graph. This can be used to help in-field kit, like correlators, narrow down leak location more accurately.

As well as their acoustic sampling mode, FIDO Bugs can also be used for top sounding, as listening sticks, to determine the direction of dig in a dry trench, and to verify leak repair.

Engineers tell us they love having Bugs in their diagnostic toolkit because they work simply and easily with the tech they already trust but give them unprecedented information, which puts them in control.

A photograph of Fido Tech's listening equipment in use

FAQs

Do FIDO Bugs work well on low pressure water systems?

Our hardware is designed to work on all network and asset types, anywhere in the world. This means that it will accurately record leak signatures on low pressure as well as high pressure systems.

When introducing our hardware into new regions or onto new network types, we collaborate closely with clients for an initial period of usually one to two weeks in order to collect calibration data for FIDO AI.

Are the FIDO Bugs hygienic and waterproof?

Yes. All FIDO Tech hardware solutions are tested and approved by UK water hygiene standards before we release them for general use. They are shock and temperature resistant, and pressure tested to 10bar. Their tough, smooth, sealed polycarbonate shell can be cleaned with Chloros products. For regions outside of the UK, please contact us to make sure that these hygiene ratings are transferable to your region. If required, we are happy to discuss gaining approval in your region.

What is the largest diameter water pipe size that FIDO Bugs can be used with?

FIDO Bugs can ‘hear’ leak signatures on pipes of all diameters. As with all equipment relying on vibrational data, larger diameter pipes may affect the detection range. However, Bugs are hypersensitive and are affected less by increasing pipe diameters than other equipment may be.