InfoSense wins 2017 ‘Fast 50’ business award in Charlotte

InfoSense’s SL-RAT

InfoSense, Inc., manufacturer of the SL-RAT (Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool), has been named by Charlotte Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Charlotte for the third consecutive year.

InfoSense was recently unveiled as a 2017 Fast 50 Awards winner – an honor given to the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Charlotte region.

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InfoSense is a technology-driven C-corporation spun out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2007 to commercialize a promising acoustic inspection technology developed by Dr. Ivan Howitt, a faculty member in the electrical and computer engineering department.

The patented technology uses sound waves to non-invasively detect blockages in segments of sewer collection pipe by quickly inserting a portable transmitter and receiver into either end of the pipe or through a network of stationary devices that can maintain continuous assessment. The innovation of the underlying technology lies in the fact that it uses an ACTIVE transmit and receive process to assess pipe blockage conditions as compared to the reflective nature of similar applications such as SONAR or ultrasound.  The active transmit and receive process works extremely well in gravity-fed sewers to detect abnormalities in a simple, low cost, and straightforward way.

More than 75 million feet of gravity-fed sewers have been acoustically assessed with InfoSense’s SL-RAT, which is used by more than 200 utilities worldwide.

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