Take a Step Towards Our New Resilience
The year 2020 was a time of dramatic change that tested people and industries across the globe. Environmental experts note that climate change, digital adoption and Covid recovery are intertwined. Jennifer Layke, Global Director at World Resources Institute, stresses there is a critical window of opportunity for governments to reignite growth and invest in climate-resilient technology and sustainable infrastructure. Join the Opti movement, now is the time to protect your communities.
Digital Water at the Forefront
Bluefield Research described digital water as the fastest growing space in the water sector as a result of drastic economic changes. Bluefield estimates expenditures on digital water hardware, software, and services will jump from $5.4 billion in 2019 to $10.8 billion by 2030. "The recent fallout has led to changes in consumer behaviors, company operations, and strategic planning overnight. As a result, the water industry is compelled to pivot toward more resilient services, solutions, and sectors." Adopting cloud-based water technology and embracing the Opti wave is a step toward recovery and resilience.
Why Communities Love CMAC
The Virginia Transportation Research Council conducted user interviews to understand the CMAC experience. Here are some highlights:
"Continuous monitoring and adaptive control (CMAC) technology is a non-proprietary technology solution that integrates cloud-hosted software, field-deployed hardware, and local weather forecasts to control stormwater infrastructure in real time. CMAC is increasingly used by city and county governments in the United States to optimize the storage capacity of stormwater systems, improve water quality by increasing residence time in stormwater basins, and prevent flooding."
"The web-based interface has proven to be easy to use and intuitive for both monitoring and quantifying water quantity / quality improvements as well as identifying when facility maintenance is necessary outside the scheduled interval."
"All users reported that Opti's CMAC system increased the efficiency of their stormwater management facility. The most common efficiency increases noted by users were in operations, maintenance, and the ability to manage more runoff with a smaller footprint."
Read the full study here.
The Benefits of SaaS
Opti is the leading provider of cloud platform water technology. Opti proudly runs on Microsoft Azure, the choice cloud computing platform across industries. Software as a service (Saas) is a cloud based platform which allows users to subscribe to and securely access applications from anywhere with an internet connection. SaaS platforms such as Opti gives users the invaluable benefits of saving time and money, ongoing updates, easy scalability and integrations. Opti is hosted in 3 geographic dispersed data centers, a truly resilient computing architecture. Economic savings, resiliency and peace of mind are Opti's top values, and offering SaaS business model ensures we deliver on our promises. Read further about the advantages of SaaS from Microsoft.
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A dollar with Opti is 4-10x more productive than passive
We all need to pull together and build the bridge to our safe future. The wave is here and the industry needs to ride it. Our environment has been moving in the wrong direction. Every day we hear and read about billion dollar storms, intense levels of precipitation, neighborhoods flooding, people getting sick and lives being lost. Together we can fix this situation. We have the technology and the intelligence to tackle our climate challenges.
With a new administration in Washington, climate change is high on the agenda. This is the time for a triple win to create more jobs, clean up our environment and improve the health crisis! The win is there for all of us and together we can conquer these barriers.
- Technology adoption – COVID has accelerated this for all. Our industry is still not moving fast enough.
- Engineering practices – Many practices have not contemplated technology. Billable hours and not deliverables are still the driver of many business decisions.
- Procurement practices – Integrating technology into civil infrastructure must have consistent service providers from planning through design, construction and maintenance. The current process of breaking a project into separate phases introduces a very high level of risk and does not solve the problem.
Our environment has been moving in the wrong direction. Together, we must change our mindset and practices to heal the planet.
Stanford researchers published a study stating that intensifying precipitation has caused $75 billion in damage from 1988 to 2017. NOAA reported a record breaking 22 major weather events in 2020, totaling $95 billion in losses. This does not have to be an annual occurrence. Don't let billions go down the drain! The time to act is now, Opti has the solution.
Assess Your Community Risk
The National Risk Index is an online tool created through collaboration with FEMA, academic professionals, and private industries. The NRI indicates risk level in communities across the country based on socioeconomic and environmental factors. Using this tool, planners and decision makers can better evaluate the risk of their communities. This tool helps with "enhancing hazard mitigation plans, identifying the need for more refined risk assessments, encouraging community-level risk communication and engagement, developing codes and standards, informing long-term community recovery, and prioritizing and allocating resources."
Water Technology in Real Estate
Opti CEO David Rubinstein spoke to New England Real Estate Journal about the year in review. While 2020 had its difficulties, Opti continued to deliver optimal environmental outcomes to public and private sectors. For commercial real estate in 2021, "We hope to see an acceleration in the adoption of smart building and water technologies. We can cure a lot of environmental ills and increase operating profits to everyone's benefit." Read the full piece here.
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