Distran is a spin-off from the Autonomous System Lab, ETH Zurich, developing advanced acoustic sensors for industrial applications.
Distran's goal is to reduce risks for industrial workers and the environmental impact of the industry through the use of sound sensing and technology.
Workers use their ears every day, consciously or unconsciously, to assess machine conditions. Traditional acoustic sensors have been used for long for that purpose but are limited by the background sounds that are present in usual industrial environments. Phased-array sensors developed by Distran overcome this limitation by spatially filtering the sounds. It becomes possible to locate defects, such as leaks or discharges, while being at a safe distance.