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Opti (OptiRTC)

United States
2014
Private
< $10m
11 - 50
Opti is building the Internet of Stormwater to protect our water resources.
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Stormwater management is one of the most pressing urban environmental issues in the developed world. In the US alone, we discharge over 900 billion gallons of raw sewage into natural bodies every year due to combined sewer overflows. In addition, stormwater runoff can carry pollutants from urban and agricultural land into natural water bodies, resulting in eutrophication. Furthermore, due to urbanization, stormwater often flows too quickly into local water bodies, stirring up sediment and wreaking havoc on local species.

These issues, and others, are consequences of the timing and flow rate of stormwater release. Opti automatically controls when and how fast stormwater flows. This simple intervention can have a massive impact on the health of our water ecosystem.

Opti started in 2007, when we needed a better way to manage the water flowing in and out of a salt marsh in the Northeast. To solve this problem, we embedded a web server on a control board and integrated internet-based information into the logic for a pneumatic valve to manage the inflow and outflow from a salt marsh. It worked. The system achieved the goals of the NOAA funded research project, and it improved the health of the salt marsh.

We realized then that the integration of on-site sensor and weather forecast information into control logic of distributed systems had broad applications for improving the performance of engineered environmental systems. But doing so safely at a citywide scale, would require us to adopt new approaches to infrastructure specification, information management, network communications, and software development. We began, and continue to develop, the platform we now know as Opti on the Microsoft Azure cloud because it continues to lead the way in robust, redundant, and secure cloud platforms.

Along the way, we collected a strong group of partners, completed a three-year WERF research study, patented some of our algorithms, and deployed projects throughout the US. We were growing quickly, and the need was greater than we could handle inside Geosyntec Consultants. We forged a partnership with MissionPoint Partners and in 2014 struck out as an independent company to focus our efforts where our platform could make the highest impact - optimizing stormwater management.
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Hardware
Software
Horizontal applications are standardized (e.g., asset tracking). Vertical applications are tailored to specific needs (e.g., delivery fleet management).
Middleware integrates the diverse components of an IoT application by structuring communication, workflows, and business rules.
IoT analytics includes real-time or edge computing and batch analysis. Analytics can be behavioral, descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive.
Visualization solutions use dashboards, alerts, events, maps, and other tools to present easily comprehensible data to end users.
Data management solutions capture, index and store data in traditional database, cloud platforms, and fog systems for future use.
Services
System integrators link IoT component subsystems, customize solutions, and ensure that IoT systems communicate with existing operational systems.
Number of Case Studies10
Wetland Sewer Overflow Reduction
Wetland Sewer Overflow Reduction
The City of St. Joseph needed high-value solutions to reduce combined sewer overflows as a component of a large program to address regulatory requirements. During the design and construction of a wetland park, intelligent stormwater infrastructure was chosen to attenuate peak flows and help reduce wet-weather flow to the combined sewer.
Rainwater Harvesting System Minimizes Wet-Weather Discharge
Rainwater Harvesting System Minimizes Wet-Weather Discharge
The USEPA and General Service Administration upgraded an existing 6,000-gallon capacity rainwater harvesting system at the USEPA headquarters to minimize wet-weather discharge while maintaining water availability for irrigation.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Ponds: OptiNimbus for Combined Sewer Overflow Reduction
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Ponds: OptiNimbus for Combined Sewer Overflow Reduction
Brooklyn Botanic Garden sought a comprehensive site water harvesting and recirculation system to maintain its landscape, water features, and special tree and plant species while minimizing impacts on the environment by reducing wet-weather discharge.
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