Ping prepares for commercial launch of wind turbine listening device

4 March 2019 (Last Updated December 23rd, 2019 12:38)

Australian start-up Ping is preparing to launch a listening device that has the ability to monitor the health of wind turbines and use satellite communication to transmit data.

Ping prepares for commercial launch of wind turbine listening device
Ping to launch listening devices that can monitor the health of wind turbines. Credit: Chris Barbalis on Unsplash.

Australian start-up Ping is preparing to launch a listening device that has the ability to monitor the health of wind turbines and use satellite communication to transmit data.

Called the Ping Monitor, it has been developed by the company after six years of research and development.

The launch is expected to take place later this year after the completion of its final trials.

The company was awarded an Australian Government Accelerating Commercialisation grant of A$170,000 ($120,394) to trial, upscale, connect and launch the device on domestic and international markets.

Ping claim that the monitor is the first device to use aero-acoustic analysis, which has been designed to continually detect wind turbine blade damage.

“What we are doing is dramatically different, it’s continuous sound wave monitoring so it’s definitely exciting times – it’s going to be a big year.”

The company explained that it has the potential to replace or reduce drone and maintenance crews that routinely inspect wind turbines.

Ping CEO Matthew Stead said: “What we are doing is dramatically different, it’s continuous sound wave monitoring so it’s definitely exciting times – it’s going to be a big year.

“We’re calling this an Intelligent Listening Platform and what we mean by that is our device can be applied to a whole range of scenarios such as surveillance, listening for aircraft or drones you don’t want to be there and monitoring for the presence of predators such as wild dogs on farms.”

Additionally, the 2.0 version will benefit from collaboration between Ping and Myriota, a South Australian IoT satellite communications company.

The new version allows the acoustic monitor to transmit data into the cloud from almost any place on Earth regardless of network connectivity.