During the 2010 WDSA conference in Tucson I met the WaterWiSe@SG team and was impressed with their achievements. Following that conference, I wrote a post titled “WaterWiSe@SG – a huge step towards the Water Smart Grid”. A year later the project’s team established a spin-off company called Visenti based in Singapore. Today Xylem announced the acquisition of Visenti:
In addition, we have completed the acquisition of Visenti, which provides products and services for utilities to optimize their drinking water networks, including in the rapidly growing areas of leak detection, pressure management and water quality monitoring. Visenti’s portfolio is highly complementary to the Sensus offerings, and targets utilities’ growing challenge of managing water loss, known as non-revenue water. This addition will enable us to immediately offer more valuable solutions to our customers. We look forward to integrating their capabilities into Xylem and helping them to scale and grow this business.
In short, Visenti developed a low cost, high rate, pressure transients, flows and water quality wireless sensing platform. On top of this platform, a wide range of online and off-line applications were built: real-time leak detection and localization, online hydraulic modelling and simulation, water quality event detection, system operation module, data management system, system assessment and more. Their main products are PascalViewTM, OHMViewTM, DataIntelTM and LeakIntelTM which are offered in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, South Korea, China, Qatar, the UK and other places.
Looking at Xylem’s stock performance over the past few years it is clear they know their business so I’m sure they will be able to use the knowledge and capabilities of Visenti. Leveraging the big-data expertise of Visenti with Xylem recent accusation of Sensus, one of the largest AMR companies, could be one way to go. Analyzing pumps data is also an interesting option.
Since 2011 I have been doing some consultancy work for Visenti. Mainly algorithms development, water networks hydraulic modeling and calibration, water quality and pressure sensor placement, water quality event detection systems, pump optimization and system operations tools and more.
It was an honor working with Visenti’s team and I look forward for our future work together.