Valor Water Analytics at Erie Hack 2019

Written by Alex Puryear, Business Development Manager, who visited the Erie Hack final, representing Valor Water Analytics which was one of the sponsors of the event.

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It was a pleasure getting to be a part of Erie Hack finals in Cleveland this past week. The Cleveland Water Alliance has done a fantastic job of driving innovation to solve real problems around water. Erie Hack is a manifestation of this hard work. I also wanted to thank them for giving us the opportunity to share with the group a little more about Valor Water and Hidden Revenue Locator. We look forward to seeing all of the finalist continue on their endeavors to innovate the lake.

Read more about Erie Hack’s events and their mission on their website.

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Visit Valor Water at ACE Denver

We will be showcasing Valor’s Apparent Loss Solution, Hidden Revenue Locator.  CEO Christine Boyle and Business Development Manager Alex Puryer will represent Valor Water Analytics at the AWWA ACE19 in Denver, CO, June 10-12. Come and find us in the ACE Exhibit Hall, booth #1503. 


Dr. Boyle will speak on Wednesday, come and hear her on a panel called:
WATER-SAVING ACRONYMBLES-AMI AND NRW (WED38)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Track: Water Resources & Conservation Management
Time: 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Overview: Moderator(s): Veronica Blette
Location: Mile High Ballroom 4B

Valor and Sensus to Launch Joint Offering in April 2019

By Matt Hepworth, Senior Solutions Engineer

Valor Water Analytics and Sensus (both Xylem brands) are excited to announce the launch of Valor’s Hidden Revenue Locator product within the Sensus Analytics platform beginning in April, 2019. Sensus provides premier metering, communication networks, and meter data analysis solutions and was acquired by Xylem in 2016. Valor Water Analytics has joined forces with Sensus to offer its dedicated software and data science expertise, by deploying its award-winning Hidden Revenue Locator tool via the Sensus Analytics platform.

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The Hidden Revenue Locator product analyzes a utility’s consumption, billing, and customer information system data to identify specific revenue assurance opportunities on a meter-by-meter basis. This tool  allows the water utility to create meter testing and replacement programs based on asset performance, in order to maximize revenue recovery and realize operational efficiencies. The addition of this tool to Sensus Analytics will allow for rapid and easy deployment of Hidden Revenue Locator for existing Sensus Analytics customers, as well as a uniform one-stop offering for new and existing clients of both Sensus and Valor’s.

Valor and Sensus are thrilled to offer Hidden Revenue Locator to a larger ecosystem of clients, and the close collaboration is a great example of the synergies provided by being part of the Xylem family of brands. We look forward to helping more utilities than ever identify apparent losses, ensure their revenue security, and provide equitable service for their customers.

Valor Water Analytics in the World

A list of upcoming Valor Events:

MWEA & MO-AWWA's Joint Annual Meeting, Osage Lakes, MO - March 31 - April 3 2019

Presenting: Carl Sharkey

Monday, Apr 1st 10-10:50 am: New Approach to Meter Asset Management: Using Data to Prioritize Meter Replacement

Texas Water, Houston, TX - April 2-5 2019

Exhibiting (w/ AIA)

NY AWWA: New York's Water Event, Saratoga Springs, NY - April 16-18 2019

Exhibiting (w/ AIA)

PA-AWWA 71st Annual Conference, Hershey, PA - April 16-18, 2019

Presenting: Carl Sharkey

Thursday, Apr 18th, 3:15-3:45pm: Intelligent Meter Asset Management: Prioritizing Your Meter Replacement Program

GAWP, 2019 Spring Conference & Expo, Columbus, GA - April 23-24 2019

Presenting: Bryon Boyd

Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 1:30-2pm: Minimizing Apparent Losses: New Best Practices in Prioritized Meter Testing, Replacement, and Revenue Recovery

Valor Wins Midland, TX

The Advanced Infrastructure Analytics team secured a contract worth nearly $150,000 for an intelligent meter management program from the City of Midland, Texas. The City will use our Hidden Revenue Locator to glean insight into apparent water loss issues (water that is consumed but not properly measured, accounted for or paid for) by identifying and ranking customer meters that are losing revenue due to meter and data handling inaccuracies. On average, about 5% of retail water is not registered at the meter, or unbilled for, representing approximately 2% of a utility’s top-line revenue. Our meter management program will analyze more than 47,000 meters in Midland’s network, and represents our second win in the state of Texas for our cloud-based analytics solution to address the city’s water productivity needs. Congratulations to Christine Boyle, CEO, Valor Water Analytics; Clayton Coe, Business Development Manager; and Carl Sharkey, Business Development Manager.

World Water Day 2019: Cleveland Water Alliance Guest Blog by Christine Boyle

CEO Christine Boyle wrote a guest blog for World Water Day 2019, which got published on the Cleveland Water Alliance website on March 22.

An excerpt from the blog: This year’s World Water Day theme “Leaving no one behind” hits home right here in the United States.  According to a recent study by Food and Water Watch, water shutoffs are growing problem for water customers, and the utilities that service them, across the U.S.

Read more about water shutoffs and new approach to reduce them on the Cleveland Water Alliance Blog.

Valor Water Analytics and Xylem Sponsors of Erie Hack 2019

Both Valor Water Analytics and Xylem are sponsoring this year’s Erie Hack, a challenge organized and led by the Cleveland Water Alliance in collaboration with partners in Detroit MI, Toledo OH, Erie PA, Buffalo NY, and Windsor ON (Canada). Several competitions for coders, developers, engineers, and water experts have been created in order to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks.

Two members of Valor Water Analytics’ Engineering team, Data Scientist Bahman Roostaei and Software Engineer Victor Miao, created a mini challenge for Erie Hack, listed under ‘Drive the Creation of Meaningful Dara’,. A ‘Seasonal Water Usage Analysis’, focuses on the question how to leverage technical tools to explain or quantify how weather variables contribute to local water usage pattern. 

Read more about Erie Hack and Valor’s challenge here: https://eriehack.io/othercities/

Hot Off the Press: Valor Water Analytics on Detecting and Resolving Apparent Loss in the AWWA Journal

Hot off the Press!  Read how Valor Water is helping utilities reduce apparent losses in AWWA’s February issue. The article ‘Detecting and Resolving Apparent Loss With Data Science’, written by Christine Boyle and Janani Moahnakrishnan, in cooperation with James G. Poff (Assistant General Manager of Operations at Clayton County Water Authority, ret.), reflects on the partnership of Valor Water Analytics with CCWA. The two companies came together with the goal of detecting and solving water loss issues, to improve the value of CCWA’s services.

Read more here (please note: the AWWA Journal online platform requires a subscription to log in and read articles)

As featured in Forbes, Smart Cities Are Smart Places for Entrepreneurs

In June 2018 Valor Water Analytics was named as one of the 20 solutions for a smarter city by the professional network Built WorldsBuilt Worlds combed the global technology market in search of companies and technologies that were the “most exciting and innovative solutions to common infrastructure problems in the areas of: communication, water, energy, mobility and waste.”  With Valor Water technology now deployed widely across the Untied States, we are honored to be on the list and committed to delivering one of the most high impact water technology in the world.

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More recently, Valor Water was mentioned in Forbes’ article “Smart Cities are Smart Places for Entrepreneurs”.  Indeed, Valor Water has built not only a strong technology set, but also built a team of dedicated water and technology professional dedicated to doing well by doing good. 

Thanks Forbes and Built World for the accolades as we continue to push hard to help water utilities provide clean, affordable and secure water for all.

Calling all Software Interns!

Join  a company delivering software to solve the world's water crisis!

Back-end Software Engineer Intern

Valor Water Analytics seeks a talented software engineer intern to join its development team.  You will work side-by-side with our full-time engineers to extend the capabilities of our industry leading analytics platform.  You will learn software industry best practices, and your code will be deployed to our production SaaS environment where it will be used by a growing list of water utilities across North America.  You will be involved in designing, coding, testing, and integrating your work into our product portfolio.

Click here to learn more and apply. 

 

 

Visit Valor at North American Water Loss conference this week!

Join us at the North American Water Loss conference in San Diego, Dec 4-5, 2017!  Valor presents "Measuring Water Energy Savings via Loss from AMI Piggybacking Technology" Tuesday 12/5. Come see us!  

Register today.

How AI Could Smarten Up Our Water System

By Mary Catherine O'Conner

It’s easy to take water for granted. Turn on the tap, and you’ll receive clean, life-giving water (with some very notable exceptions). But for a myriad of reasons, ranging from our changing climate to aging infrastructure to growing demands for water, all aspects of the water cycle — how it is collected, cleaned, distributed (and repeat) — are overdue for a technological makeover.

Read more here including the mention of Valor Water (must be a Medium member to access): 

https://medium.com/@mcoc/how-ai-could-smarten-up-our-water-system-f965b87f355a

 

Valor Water in the news - US water utilities to invest $8.3 billion in smart water infrastructure by 2027

US water utilities are projected to invest $8.3 billion in smart infrastructure over the next ten years, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC. Municipal water infrastructure in the United States is aging and in need of significant modernization. Many water utilities have little data on their distribution network operations and still rely on manual meter reading for billing. A new industry survey shows that this has begun to change as utilities are increasingly deploying smart water infrastructure with sensors and two-way communications

Aclara and Valor Water Analytics Form Strategic Alliance to Serve Water Utilities

Analytics software solution provides revenue assurance and water loss control

ST. LOUIS, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aclara, a leader in smart infrastructure solutions to electric, water and gas utilities, and Valor Water Analytics, a developer of advanced meters analytics for water utilities, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to help water utilities reduce non-revenue water losses by analyzing data collected by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.

Valor's solutions specifically improve water utility operations by locating sources of unbilled water. These apparent water losses include billing irregularities, meter-read errors, meter tampering, meter inaccuracy, meter right-sizing and meter misclassifications.

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Valor's machine learning and artificial intelligence methodologies are especially useful in recovering hidden revenue by pinpointing broken meters that are not registering correctly. These are almost impossible to locate without trend-spotting analysis that differentiates between behavioral change and mechanical decay.

"The alliance between Aclara and Valor will allow utilities to make analytics an integral part of their AMI strategies for boosting revenues and reducing water losses," said Allan Connolly, president and CEO of Aclara. "Our relationship with Valor also supports our goal to become the leading end-to-end provider of smart infrastructure solutions to utilities."

Aclara plans to provide Valor analytics through the same graphical user interface they use to access their AMI system information. The tight integration between the AMI solution and the analytics software will allow utilities to identify and respond to problems quickly.

"By using analytics to identify apparent water losses utilities will get more value out of the data collected through their AMI systems, providing actionable intelligence to drive revenue, operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction, while minimizing risks and increasing financial resilience," said Dr. Christine Boyle, founder, and CEO of Valor Water Analytics.

In addition to identifying apparent water losses, Valor's analytics solutions can help utilities improve customer satisfaction by identifying customer usage patterns that might lead to non-payment, allowing utilities to develop proactive strategies to avoid cutoffs. For more information, read our blog post, "The Skinny on Curbing Apparent Water Loss."

Aclara and Valor will be demonstrating the value of their combined systems at the upcoming AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17) in Philadelphia from June 11 to 14 in booth #2733.

About Aclara

Aclara Technologies is a world-class supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to more than 800 water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Aclara SIS offerings include smart meters and other field devices, advanced metering infrastructure and software and services that enable utilities to predict and respond to conditions, leverage their distribution networks effectively and engage with their customers. Aclara recently won a Frost & Sullivan Global Smart Energy Networks Enabling Technology Leadership Award,  was named a finalist in three categories of the Platts Global Energy Awards and was listed on Government Technology's GovTech 100 list of companies that sell to state and local governments. Aclara is owned by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. Visit us at Aclara.com, follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions or read our blog.

About Valor Water Analytics

Valor Water Analytics was founded in November 2013 in San Francisco by Christine E. Boyle, PhD.

Valor Water Analytics develops customer sales monitoring tools allowing utilities to track and measure their utility's revenue, customer behaviors, and affordability through a set of propriety analytics. The Valor Water Utility Solution integrates each utility's own data into a web-based tool as every utility has unique customers and policies.  This set of solutions was developed by Dr. Boyle while at the University of North Carolina's Environmental Finance Center. Valor Water Analytics, Inc. is a woman-owned business.

Read Full Article here.

AWWA Webinar: Foundations in Apparent Water Loss

Join three distinguished speakers on how to resolve Apparent Water Loss at your utility. Jim Poff from Clayton County Water Authority, David Wallenstein from East Bay MUD and Christine Boyle from Valor Water Analytics will deliver an infomrational webinar on strategies to detect and resolve apparent water loss.

Register here: https://www.awwa.org/store/productdetail_event.aspx?productId=62607082

Inc Magazine Describes How Valor Helps Poor People in Danger of Getting Their Water Shut Off

This is the latest in my series of posts spotlighting underrepresented communities around the world and the entrepreneurs trying to help them. In this installment, I talk to a company tapping into water utility data to stop leaks, and stop people from losing their service.

Although many people work hard to ensure important resources like water are not wasted, there are still times when we lose it without even knowing it. When this happens, it means higher water bills, waste of one of our most valuable resources, and sometimes, customers getting their service shut off.

Valor Water makes GovTech 100 for Smart Infrastructure

#govtech is trending. Strongly.

It is an overnight success 30 years in the making. As our masthead suggests, we have been covering the intersection of government and technology for more than three decades. So why the GovTech 100, and why now?