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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.

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.