Posts tagged ‘Smart Water Grid’
It’s been busy last week in Singapore… TaKaDu participated in the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) – a huge event combining several conferences and trade shows that have attracted about 750 organizations and more than 18,500 individuals, including mayors, ministers and government officials.
TaKaDu had a booth in the Water Expo, gave a presentation at the water convention and participated in the Smart Grid Technology forum and in SWAN Asia workshop. Between one meeting to another, VP Marketing, Guy Horowitz had the opportunity to be interviewed for the media (watch the interview on CNBC).
During this week we met many potential clients and partners from all around the world. Being our first extensive exposure to Asia, we realized that the Asian market is developing fast, and the need for smart solutions is growing dramatically. Countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, China and India confront huge challenges in water supply, which is accelerated by urbanization, and are looking for solutions to cope with them. Not surprisingly, the theme of the 2012 SIWW was “Water Solutions for Sustainable and Liveable Cities”.
SIWW was also the first international industry event following ABB’s recent investment in TaKaDu. ABB demonstrated the integration of Symphony+ and TaKaDu, generating lots of interest from exhibition visitors.
Now, when we are back home, we are starting our preparations to the next big event in Asia – IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition that will take place in Busan, Korea in mid-September.
“Outdated water infrastructure and record high government deficits are both fueling demand for low-cost inspection and repair solutions – namely software and sensor technologies that can provide a snapshot of a utility’s entire infrastructure,” said Brent Giles, a Lux Research Senior Analyst and the report’s lead author. “Without this holistic view, utilities cannot prioritize the most critical repairs – and may end up throwing money down the drain to address the leaks that are visible today rather than the ones that could prove catastrophic tomorrow.”
What’s interesting about the report is that Lux say that although the market is big and growing, the result of an infrastructure deficit and aging pipes, the underlying problem the market is set to solve – water loss – won’t be resolved without technology innovation.
While Lux commends both Smart Metering and Pipe Repair Technologies, it comments that the big move that would make a lasting change in the management of water networks is Smart Infrastructure Monitoring options.
This interview with Seth Ostrow, of Ostrow Kaufman LLP, is based on a real story: TaKaDu, which is just about to end its second year of operation, has entered the allowance phase for its first patent, a cleantech patent, and will probably get it soon. Actually, TaKaDu applied for the patent, a water loss prevention technology for water utilities,less than a year ago. How is that possible?
To get the answer to this question, refute some conventional wisdom about patent applications, and specifically applying for a patent in the cleantech area, and hopefully provide insight to other companies that are breaking ground in cleantech, I had a telephone interview with Seth Ostrow. Ostrow is TaKaDu’s patent attorney. Ostrow’s firm is located in the Chrysler building, a fact that all TaKaDu-folk mentioned with awe. They didn’t just go to New York to get our patent through; they managed to get into the spire of one of New York’s finest buildings and a great art deco architectural achievement.
Last month, The Economist issued a special report on smart systems. The report is an excellent exploration of the second world that is emerging beside the real world we know: the digital reflection of the world. The real world is strewn with sensors, which constantly transfer masses of output data that is then reflected in a mirror digital world. The mirror digital world doesn’t exist for the sake of knowledge alone. It hopefully makes the task of managing the real world easier and better.
A question we often get asked is whether Water Infrastructure Monitoring and Smart Water Metering are the same. While the straight-forward answer is ‘no’, there are definitely interesting links and interrelationships between the two. TaKaDu believes that the world of water metering is set to undergo a revolution rather than an evolutionary growth, and Water Infrastructure Monitoring is one of the key enablers of this revolution.
This is the last of a two-part series by Guy Horowitz, TaKaDu’s VP of Marketing, about scaling a water technology business.
In my previous post I introduced the PLUS framework for water-technology scalability, and expanded upon the first two attributes: Software and Usability. Let’s explore the other two:Leverage and Partners.
Going through “Charting Our Water Future”, a report by the 2030 water resources group, which, as its name implies, is looking at the future of water supplies in 2030.
One of the views that caught my eye in the report was the gap between how policy makers see the priority of making water investments and evaluating these water investments from an economic viewpoint.
Let’s say a country is facing water shortages. Should it invest in creating more water (desalination, for instance), improving its water infrastructure (investing in groundwater production and pipe networks) or try to get more efficiency gains (e.g. scheduling agricultural irrigation)?
It’s been a great year for the Smart Grid. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, analysts, journalists, and regulators can’t stop talking about it. Experts are competing to project greater market potential. Zpryme puts the Smart Appliance market alone at $15.2bn by 2015, Lux Research talks about $15.8bn, Cisco estimates the overall opportunity at $100bn and Pike research uses a whopping $200bn figure.
Giants like Cisco and IBM have set aside billions to fund Smart Grid activities. The US government has kept up, allocating hefty tax credits and incentives for Smart Grid development, with $3.4bn from the stimulus bill granted to 100 smart-grid initiatives last October. VCs are investing heavily, as these three lists show. But while we anticipate the first Smart Grid IPO (market-permitting) from Silver Spring Networks, we’ve got to wonder out loud: Why isn’t water being served at this party?