January 28, 2023

Quantum sensing solutions for gas safety

SK Telecom announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Gas Safety Corp. to cooperate in the commercialization of next-generation gas safety solution based on quantum sensing technology.

Named Quantum Gas Imaging, the quantum sensing-based gas safety solution detects gas leaks and measures gas concentration by illuminating the target with laser and analyzing reflected wavelength, and notifies the control center of possible risks in real time.

The existing infrared gas leak detectors have a short detection range and cannot measure the concentration of gases. In addition, since they lack the ability to detect small gas leaks, inspectors have to physically visit the suspicious site to check for gas leakage while exposed to the danger of explosions.

The Quantum Gas Imaging solution can visualize gas leaks and concentration at large-scale gas facilities located up to 150 meters away, thereby enabling the control center to make an immediate response based on the accurate location of the gas leak.  

SK Telecom and Korea Gas Safety Corp. plan to test the solution by applying it to a large-scale gas facility in Korea within this year.

Moreover, SK Telecom plans to develop a drone-based Quantum Gas Imaging solution to enable gas leak detection in hard-to-reach areas, and further upgrade the solution by applying 5G and AI for enhanced data analysis. The company is also considering linking the solution with physical security services of ADT Caps, its security subsidiary. (WSJ)