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Innovative system to identify threats to Israeli natural gas pipelines using existing communication fibre optic cables

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Prisma Photonics ltd and Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL) have signed an agreement to monitor the Israeli natural gas transmission pipelines. Each PrismaFlow module will monitor a 50 - 100 km long pipeline segment. PrismaFlow is an innovative system based on optical fibre sensing, detecting and alerting to events such as potential mechanical damage, unauthorised excavation adjacent to pipelines and ultimately even gas leaks.

The deployment of this innovative system is the first step in a long-term relationship between the companies showing INGL’s commitment to safety and security of its gas transmission infrastructure.

PrismaFlow utilises pre-deployed optical fibre communication cables placed along INGL’s pipelines. By using the fiberoptic cable as an array of ultra-sensitive sensors, the system can detect the smallest leaks and show their location.

The system can also identify, in real-time, excavations near the pipeline, whether manual or mechanical. Using its Hyper-Scan Fiber Sensing technology, PrismaFlow reduces the number of false alarms by filtering background noise such as high traffic, industrial noises and other agricultural activities.

Samuel Turgeman, Israel Natural Gas Lines CEO: “The agreement with Prisma Photonics is another step in the company’s commitment to promote innovation and attract unique solutions from the private sector to always maximise safety and security of supply. We see great value in the cooperation between INGL and Israeli start-ups industry and companies such as Prisma Photonics.”

Dr. Eran Inbar, Prisma Photonics CEO: “This is a great example of a commitment to innovation when a government-owned corporation such as Israel Natural Gas Lines and a start-up cooperate to use cutting-edge technology and new commercial models such as Data-as-a-Service. We want to thank INGL for their trust and see this as the first step in a long journey”.

About Prisma Photonics: Prisma Photonics offers a sensor-less approach to make infrastructure smarter. Using next-generation fibre sensing, the company uses existing, pre-deployed optical fibres to monitor oil and gas pipelines, power transmission lines, roads, railways, and other critical infrastructure. Prisma Photonics’ Hyper-Scan Fiber Sensing™ technology is optimal to monitor long-stretch utility infrastructure. The system covers many safety, preventive & predictive maintenance, and security scenarios. Prisma Photonics was established in 2017 by entrepreneurs highly experienced in lasers, optical fibres, algorithms, and machine learning.

About INGL: Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL) is a government-owned corporation established in 2003 for the construction and operation of the national natural gas transmission infrastructure. INGL adheres to the most stringent international standards in its construction and operations. To date, INGL has installed approximately 800 km of pipelines all over Israel. Today, about 65% of Israel’s electricity is produced using natural gas transmitted by INGL. The company is ranked as a leader by Moody’s and S&P.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Israel Natural Gas Lines.


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