SoundPrint® AFO is a proven solution that leverages more than 15 years of experience to reliably and continuously monitor wire breaks in PCCP, the primary indicator of PCCP degradation.
Xylem’s SoundPrint Acoustic Fiber Optic (AFO) monitoring system detects and locates wire breaks in Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP). With this advanced warning system and a dedicated Xylem support team, utilities can take preventive action to avoid large-scale failures.
Near-real-time data collection empowers pipeline owners to proactively manage their assets with greater confidence, reducing the risk of dangerous and expensive failures and unplanned operational expenses.
When PCCP water and wastewater transmission mains fail, it is often catastrophic and expensive for utilities and surrounding communities. With SoundPrint AFO technology, a fiber optic cable installed inside the pipeline detects wire breaks, offering real time information on pipe condition. Xylem analysts review acoustic data collected by the platform and provide actionable information to clients in near real time through alerts and a secure online portal.
By avoiding failures, reducing reactive emergency repairs, and helping utilities target only the assets that need repair or replacement, the SoundPrint AFO platform provides significant return on investment for critical PCCP assets.
Globally, Xylem has monitored more than 830 miles (1,340 km) of pipeline and recorded over 85,600 wire breaks. Xylem offers a dedicated long-term support team with extensive monitoring experience.