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Terra Sound, Patterns of Life from Patterns of Light - Part 1

Season 3, Ep. 23

Technology has now gone underground. It's laying low!


Organizations that help protect property, underground assets and provide data on the status of our urban infrastructure, have opened up a new technological frontier. Solutions in this frontier don’t necessarily rely on vision, they can do quite a bit by sensing vibrations.


A software-based services company, Terra Sound has developed a distributed acoustic sensing system that uses fiber optics to collect, transmit data for analysis by AI based methods. Imagine a system that’s underground, detecting vibrations, making sense of those vibrations, and providing you with actionable insights on a range of things including if an intruder is present, the motion of pedestrians and vehicles from micromoblity to trains. That’s exactly what their solution does!


In this episode, the first part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews two brothers, Brian Borkowski, founder of Terra Sound, and Craig Borkowski, a board member and former CEO of Terra Sound. They’ll help us understand the company’s vision as well as the origin of their technology. They’ll also share more details about their products and the purpose they serve.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • What’s Terra Sound's vision? (03:19)
  • What are the advantages of using fiber optic cable underground to do acoustic sensing? (07:41)
  • What can you provide to cities that would be helpful? (13:10)
  • How can your system help EMTs get to the scene of an accident faster? (19:21)


What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Terra Sound creates important patterns (04:08)
  • How each of their three products works (05:16)
  • How they sort the different vibrations picked by the cables (15:25)
  • How Terra Sound’s technology could impact the development of autonomous cars (23:22)


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