From Far Above the Earth

We see humanity’s signature just beneath the surface

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.

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Our History

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ASTERRA’s Martian roots

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.

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A revolutionary change

For the first time, the managers of underground water infrastructure could actually see the water that was leaking from their systems. Not a prediction, not a likelihood, but the water itself. Even in the largest cities, they could see it all at once, with unheard-of speed and efficiency. Utilis continued to refine the technology and expand its applications beyond leak detection, adding pipeline monitoring and deficiency analysis as well as property assessment to its growing capabilities.

In 2021, Utilis named this family of products ASTERRA, from Astra, Latin for stars; Asterion, the Greek river deity, and Terra, on which we live. Current ASTERRA products are MasterPlan, Recover, and EarthWorks, for pipeline assessment, leak detection, and infrastructure assessment. Contract managers looking for Utilis info, click here.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission
We deliver actionable intelligence to advance Earth’s resource resilience.

Vision
We strive to be better citizens of a more sustainable Earth by providing a greater understanding of humanity’s signature on the planet.

 

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Our Leadership Team

Expertise that drives innovation

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.

Leadership
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Elly Perets

CEO
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Lauren Guy

CTO & Co-Founder
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James Perry

VP Business Development, NA
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Eddy Segal

VP Sales & Business Development
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Karen Dubey

Corporate Marketing Director
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Elly Perets

CEO
Lauren Guy Profile Photo

Lauren Guy

CTO & Co-Founder
James Perry Profile Photo

James Perry

VP Business Development, NA
Eddy Segal Profile Photo

Eddy Segal

VP Sales & Business Development
Karen Dubey Profile Photo

Karen Dubey

Corporate Marketing Director

Our Awards

Multiple honors in a few short years

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.

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Nine Billion Gallons of Water a Year Is Just the Beginning

Since 2016, hundreds of projects have been completed worldwide, in the United States, Italy, the UK, Chile, China, South Africa, and elsewhere. Some 36,000 leaks have been verified, saving customers 9,200 million gallons of drinkable water and 21,800 MWH of energy a year, and the associated environmental and financial costs. It’s one of the ways we support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As ASTERRA’s capabilities grow, so will our impact on resource resilience, the environment, economics, and safety.

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