The Sewer/Water Authority is concerned about their ability to carry out ongoing maintenance on their sewer lines with this cable installed on the inside of the pipe.
- Jan 07, 2014
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The STAR system was designed by the municipality of Tokyo, Japan after a terrorist strike took out much of the cities telecommunication system which had been placed in a subway tunnel. Realizing that the sewer infrastructure was the deepest and most remote infrastructure in place and completely covered the footprint of the city, they developed a robotic system to distribute a new network. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the government of Germany was interested in uniting the East and the West, without the cost and risk associated with excavating with speed being a priority. The local Telecom, Berlicom along with the sewer authority, Berlin Wasser, took the Japanese process, modified and improved it creating STAR, Sewage Telecommunication Access by Robot.
Sewer systems are all basically the same regardless if they are in Asia, Europe or North America. They need to clean their sewers, TV them, pressure test them, line them, grout them and keep them maintained. For that reason, STAR was developed to enable them to continue to maintain the sewer system just as they had before.
A municipality has never had an issue of not being able to clean the sewer pipe with the fiber cable installed with STAR anywhere in the world and this includes Toronto and Mississauga, Canada which helped pioneer the technology in North America. Over 90% of the municipalities are using high pressure jetting to clean pipe. STAR is designed to withstand up to 10,000 psi in cleaning pressure. All municipal units used in North America typically do not exceed 2,000 psi.