Innovative AquaRing™ Smart Water Monitoring System Takes First Place in Sustainable Smart Cities Category
Ness Ziona, Israel – January 24, 2023 — Watersight Ltd. is a watertech joint venture company of MEKOROT, Israel’s national water company, and Newsight Imaging Ltd., a technology company that specializes in advanced CMOS image sensors for spectral analysis and machine vision. Newsight Imaging Ltd. is delighted to announce that Watersight Ltd. was awarded first place for the company’s AquaRing™ smart water monitoring system in the Sustainable Smart Cities category at the Extreme Tech ChallengeTM (XTC) Startup Competition. This competition was held at the CES 2023 technology conference.
The first place award was granted for the company’s AquaRing™ smart water monitoring system, a complete real-time sensing device for online water condition monitoring for the water, utility, and food & beverage industries.
Eight entrepreneurs out of hundreds of applications across four different verticals presented their business pitches live on stage at CES in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2023. For Sustainable Smart Cities, Michal Cooper, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Watersight, presented the AquaRing™ smart water monitoring system. Based on Newsight’s proven spectral sensor technology, AquaRing™ allows real-time water and liquid analysis, providing current, ongoing quality data that supports decision-makers in real time events.
Extreme Tech Challenge is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower startups creating new technology innovations to address global challenges. It publicizes itself as the world’s largest ecosystem and competition for purpose-driven technology inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Extreme Tech Challenge™ competition is supported by leading corporations, venture capital investors, foundations, policymakers, universities and tech conferences to give exceptional startups the potential for global visibility, the opportunity to raise capital, the ability to network with global leaders, and access to world-class mentorship to help them pioneer technological breakthroughs that address our most extreme global challenges.
The award highlights Watersight’s significant potential to be incorporated into smart cities and technology ecosystems. As climate change and global warming continue to stress municipal water systems, Watersight stands at the forefront of cutting-edge technology that can monitor in real-time the quality of water for all end users. With several global companies participating in the AquaRing System Pilot Program, Watersight continues to enhance and develop its product and technologies.
For more information about the Watersight Pilot Program, please visit www.semiconductors.nstimg.com/aquaring.
Watersight Ltd. is a joint company of Newsight Imaging and Mekorot. Based on Newsight’s validated spectral chip technology, the AquaRing™ is Watersight’s flagship device for online condition-based monitoring (CbM). This technology allows for real-time water and liquid analysis alerts at an unbeatable price. Enhanced by ML and AI, the device enables accurate diagnosis of the water’s quality, safety, and security.
About Newsight Imaging
Newsight Imaging (www.nstimg.com) develops advanced CMOS image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. Newsight’s depth camera sensors for machine vision serve verticals such as Mobile & Metaverse, Robotics, Industry 4.0 and Automotive Safety. The Company recently launched its innovative solid-state LiDAR reference design, the eTOF™ LiDAR, based on the NSI1000 sensor. In addition, Newsight has developed its spectral chip backed by AI technology that has multiple uses in rapid pathogen detection and in continuous, condition-based monitoring of fluid flows, including water quality. Newsight’s Virusight subsidiary’s SpectraLIT™ offers a targeted and cost-effective solution for remote healthcare, real time diagnosis, and quality inspection solutions for water and food & beverage, including COVID detection under certain circumstances in less than 20 seconds with 96% accuracy. Newsight’s Watersight subsidiary’s AquaRing provides real-time, AI-based monitoring of flow systems or processes, including installations for water quality monitoring, The Company has US and EU patents and has received multiple grants by the Israeli Innovation Authority. For more information visit www.newsight.com.
On August 30, 2022, Newsight Imaging announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: VSAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction is expected to close as early as the first quarter of 2023, at which point the combined company’s common stock is expected to trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol “NSIM”.
About Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp.
Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp. (“VSAC”) is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPAC”) that has been established to focus on the acquisition of vision sensing technologies (“VST”) including hardware solutions (chips / modules / systems), related application software, artificial intelligence and other peripheral technologies that assist to integrate and/or supplement VST applications. For more information visit www.vision-sensing.com.
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