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Harness The Power of Decision Intelligence

SOURCE: Xylem US Website

Leverage the power of data to inform better system-level decisions today, while planning future outcomes for operations, maintenance, and capital planning

There has never been a better time to be a utility manager than today. Recent advancements in analytical technologies for water management mean that long-standing problems in our sector can finally be addressed in an effective and affordable way. Digital solutions are enabling dramatic financial and operational improvements through better system controls, more efficient monitoring and diagnostics, more targeted investments, and a transition to a holistic model for system management.

We call this new approach to water management “Decision Intelligence”.

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We have identified key areas of utility management that can benefit materially from decision intelligence. Download this brochure to get access to this new portfolio of decision intelligence tools.

(Note: The brochure can be downloaded on the Xylem US Website)

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 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/

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.

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Bloomberg highlights Valor Water as SMART CITIES leader

A recent Bloomberg Technology Report highlights Valor Water as part of the newly branded Smart Cities sector. 

"City governments are in part fueling the shift in sentiment, turning to venture investors and startups to spawn innovative ways to use the data. They’re subsidizing office spaces, providing tax benefits and funding incubators.

That’s creating fertile ground for young companies. Radiator Labs, founded in one of Columbia University’s graduate apartments to reduce heat waste from radiators, got permission to test in the school’s housing before going on to get support through a state-funded program. U.K.-based Pavegen, which creates flooring that converts footsteps into energy, plans to install its technology in Washington’s Dupont Circle. By helping utilities track water use, San Francisco-based Valor Water Analytics is aiming to reduce waste and more efficiently distribute the resource."

Urban Innovation Fund recognizes Valor Water Analytics as "Company to Watch" on MSNBC

Urban Innovation Fund recognizes Valor Water Analytics as "Company to Watch" on MSNBC

Clara Brenner and Julie Lein, the co-founders and managing partners of the Urban Innovation Fund, are recipients of NBC's 21st Century Solutions Award.  21st Century Solutions is a grant program that gives money to entrepreneurs who are helping move communities forward.  

They save the best for last and announce portfolio company Valor Water Analytics as a company to watch.