A new London start-up has launched the UK’s first AI leak defence system.

Hero Labs, founded in September 2018 by Krystian Zajac, has revealed its Sonic leak defense system which combats water leaks in the home in real-time.

Fitted easily, in most cases under the sink, it’s the only product in the UK to use ultrasonic technology to monitor water use and then spot anything unusual using AI algorithms – from a slow dripping tap to a burst water pipe.

It sends an alert via the Sonic app and can automatically shut off the water supply to prevent a water leak, potentially damaging possessions and property.

Users can add an optional Hero Assist platform, which adds human-based monitoring of the supply and a 24/7 emergency assistance service.

Headquartered in London, the company has plans to install its cutting-edge tech into thousands of properties in the UK in next two years.

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“Water leaks are a massive issue in the UK, from damaging people’s homes and possessions to destroying the environment, but very little is being done about it,” said Krystian Zajac, founder and CEO of Hero Labs.

“We want to help people eradicate leaks altogether. Our cutting-edge, AI-powered technology is designed to stop water leaks at the source, saving businesses and insurers money on claims, and saving consumers hassle.

“Sonic is just the tip of the iceberg for us, and we’ll be continually innovating to bring even more solutions to consumers.”

Zajac launched the UK’s first smart home insurer, Neos, which Aviva took a majority share in at the end of 2018.

Hamish Neale, commercial director of Hero Labs, added: “Anyone who’s experienced a water leak in their property knows the trauma it causes.

“Being able to turn off your water supply from an app is the kind of futuristic technology that shouldn’t be exclusive to the world’s super rich - we want everyone to be able to protect their property and for customers to trust us to do this.

“That’s why we’ve developed a neat solution to water leaks from the ground up that is accessible to everyone.”

Sonic will be launching to consumers in Autumn 2019.