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Intelligent listening for wind farms


Up to 23 per cent of wind turbine failures can be caused by blade damage, with 25–30 per cent of wind farm operation costs spent on operation and maintenance. There are an estimated 3,800 blade failures globally per year and a total repair cost of up to $2 billion.

Ping Monitor is an innovative acoustic solution and a world-first application of aero-acoustic analysis for wind turbine maintenance and repair. The system works on the basis that blade damage makes a particular sound which the Ping Monitor detects. The technology is a significant advancement on current methods of inspections which are carried out on an ad-hoc or infrequent basis.


The device uses patented technology and algorithms which can rate the health of a wind turbine based on its acoustic signature on a scale of one to five and monitors changes over time. Data collected is transferred from remote sites via satellite technology. The satellite communication is fundamental given the remote location of wind farms. A simple dashboard is provided via an App for ease of monitoring wind turbine blade health.

Potential markets

Ping Monitor’s key target market is wind farm operators worldwide. The startup has liaised with most of the major wind turbine operators in Australia, Europe and the US and is in advanced negotiations with one of these.

IP status

The system has a PCT patented application submitted in April 2019. The intellectual property is imbedded in the housing, acquisition system, algorithms, communications and is being continually developed.

Other applications

The Ping Monitor technology can be applied to other technologies where acoustic condition monitoring and surveillance is required. Examples of applications includes drone monitoring, mining equipment, condition monitoring and monitoring of bearings in rail infrastructure.

Partnering opportunities

Ping are seeking collaboration and business development opportunities for global sales and to further advance this opportunity. In particular Ping are seeking partners to advance application of the Ping Monitor to other industries.

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The 'Ping Monitor' uses aero-acoustic analysis for wind turbine maintenance and repair.

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Leadership team

Matthew Stead

Matthew Stead

Chief Executive Officer

Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper

Chief Technology Officer

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