Water Industry Veteran Sees Bright Future Using Cognitive-based ‘Internet of Things’ Solution to Link Enterprise ERPs with Accurate Asset Condition Assessment Data

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 8, 2015–

Electro Scan Inc., a leading provider of leak detection instrumentation and cloud applications for the water, sewer, and gas pipeline industries, today announced a Strategic Alliance with App Orchid Inc., makers of advanced cognitive-based solutions that capture, calibrate, and disseminate collective workforce wisdom across enterprises that can be presented in adaptive, intuitive, gamified applications.

Just like Google has evolved from being a keyword search engine to allowing users to ask simple yet powerful questions, App Orchid allows users across a business enterprise to ask questions and get answers about their operations and critical assets.

Electro Scan’s partnership with App Orchid was announced in conjunction with the AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition, Uniting the World of Water, and the launch of Electro Scan’s next generation low-voltage water leak detection and CriticalH2O cloud application.

The alliance combines the next generation provider of leak detection solutions for water, sewer, and gas pipelines with the developer of the industry’s first enterprise-wide wisdom management system, capable of amalgamating people, physical assets, and processes to create an industry-specific ontology of ‘wisdom nuggets’ spanning the Internet of Things (IoT).

Many water utilities continue to experience water losses of 20-30% due to leaking infrastructure, while sewer utilities can typically add 20-30% of flow during wet weather events that may cause sewer overflows, flooding, and back-ups. In response, Electro Scan and App Orchid can create innovative strategies by analyzing big data and social media to provide deep insight into a utility’s existing business.

“Enterprise data is no longer confined to corporate databases,” said Chuck Hansen, water industry entrepreneur and Chairman of Electro Scan Inc. “My experience with over a thousand water & sewer agencies tells me that 80% of knowledge is trapped in people’s minds – sometimes written down in maintenance logs, emails, customer service calls, field inspections, presentations, social media, and other captive sources.”

“The identification of critical resources can no longer rely on rigid hyper-optimized data models,” explained Krishna Kumar, CEO and founder of App Orchid Inc. “Grass root tribal knowledge must be combined with traditional systems and ERP solutions using next generation heuristic tools to assess and address critical business resources. Big Data models and their analytics are only as strong as their weakest data source. That’s why subject matter experts, like Chuck Hansen, and more accurate diagnostic tools, like Electro Scan, are an integral part of Smart Cities.”

Prior to founding Electro Scan, Chuck Hansen was founder, Chairman and CEO of Hansen Information Technologies, a leading provider of asset management solutions for water and sewer utilities acquired by Infor Global in 2007.

Prior to founding App Orchid, Krishna Kumar was founder, CEO and CTO of Space-Time Insight, a leading provider of geospatial situational intelligence applications. His current venture, App Orchid, is gaining momentum. At a recent SAP Annual Sapphire conference App Orchid was selected as “SAP HANA Innovation Awards 2015” winner.

About Electro Scan

Electro Scan develops proprietary leak detection instrumentation and cloud applications that automatically locate, measure, and report defect flows in sewer, water, and gas pipelines, not typically found by acoustic or visual methods.

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