When Utilis said goodbye to 2020, they said hello to a whole new era.
In March 2021 we celebrated the launch of MasterPlan deployable pipe deficiency assessment technology. When this product became available, it offered a much-needed data layer for asset planning.
Utilis created and launched an Impact Calculator to provide the public with a free tool to calculate the impact that finding water leaks can have on the water supply. The impact calculator is also available in Japanese here.
Early in the year, we also congratulated our founder and Chief Technology Officer, Lauren Guy, who was named one of Geospatial World’s 50 Rising Stars. Lauren was selected by the Geospatial World board of editors from a list of over 250 nominations. They included Lauren at the top of their class, the members of which are redefining the next generation of geospatial leadership.
The first half of the year saw Utilis receive funding from Beringea to accelerate the expansion of our product development and deployment of SAR-based analytic solutions for infrastructure. We are thrilled to partner with Beringea, a leading venture capital firm focused on earth observation.
In August, Utilis became ASTERRA at an event in San Diego which gathered dignitaries from all over the world. We also celebrated ASTERRA winning the American Water Works Association’s first ever Innovation Award for the Recover product and technology and were acknowledged by community leaders for the many new tech jobs ASTERRA brings to San Diego.
Our team was back meeting in-person with customers, speaking at many conferences around the world, and gathering to share ideas with others about creating sustainable, efficient water leak detection programs, infrastructure maintenance, and asset management plans. We even hosted Vessel, the first American leak detection dog, who was rescued and became a part of the team at Central Arkansas Water; she joined us at WEFTEC and the North American Water Loss Conference.
In November, ASTERRA launched EarthWorks Rail, which brings a reliable and efficient way of managing property and rail infrastructure using data from satellites in space. We also held our first reseller summit since before COVID in Amsterdam, where resellers from around the world gathered to learn about what is new with ASTERRA and share their successful sales strategies and wins.
In December, at the annual conference of the Japan Water Works Association, they announced that the Toyota City Division of Water and Sewerage won their Innovation Award for the use of ASTERRA’s Recover product to detect water leaks and maintain infrastructure.
There are many milestones from 2021 to share. Let’s look at ASTERRA’s total achievements since its inception by the numbers.
Since 2017, ASTERRA has:
- Completed 450 projects in 59 countries
- Reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 14,500 metric tons – the equivalent of 12.5M pounds of coal burned
- Verified over 46,000 water leaks
- Provided energy savings for the earth at 27,800 MWH
- Calculated savings of water at 11,200M gallons – the equivalent of 40% of the water for a city with the population of 500,000 people
We are looking forward to an even better year in 2022, as ASTERRA continues to work from outer space to below the surface of the earth in support of sustainable development goals.