ASTERRA’s view from 390 miles (628 km) above the equator provides the perfect vantage point to see what’s happening beneath our world, understand what it means, and execute a response.Schedule a Call
The core technology on which ASTERRA is based was first applied in the search for underground water on Mars and other planets. Lauren Guy, the geophysicist and entrepreneur who developed the approach, quickly recognized that if it could work so far away, it could be even more effective here on Earth. The water was closer, the need more immediate, and the technology had the potential to solve a number of critical problems.
Mr. Guy co-founded Utilis in 2013 to develop applications for the new technology. In 2016, leak detection in underground water systems became the first commercially used application. From an orbiting satellite, a band of the radio spectrum penetrated the Earth’s surface; and an algorithm, fine-tuned to detect treated drinking water, revealed underground leaks as small as 0.5 liters per minute.
Utilis has been able to introduce trailblazing technologies like ASTERRA because of the strength of our leadership, combining more than a century of achievement in scientific research and technical innovation. Their expertise guides the scientists, engineers, and experts in geospatial sciences who are pushing our technology, and our company, forward.
In 2017, co-founder Lauren Guy and CEO Elly Perets traveled to Imagine H2O Week in San Diego, where they were presented with the very first Imagine H2O Data Challenge award for solutions that drive smarter water resource management. In the few years since then, we have earned more than a dozen additional awards and citations around the world for technical innovation and impact. In 2021 our satellite-based leak detection technology was recognized by the world’s leading industry group, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), who honored us with their inaugural Innovation Award. This confirmed the ascent of our technology from the experimental to tried and true, “…a game-changing solution for the sector,” in the words of the award committee.Awards