Water management is an area I’ve been watching with some interest and after today I wouldn’t be surprised if my little corner of cleantech got a little more crowded. According to a new forecast from Pike Research, in just six short years, global smart water meter installations will reach 31 million. That’s a huge spike from just 5.2 million in 2009. Little wonder, then, that IBM, Oracle and SAP are eyeing the space. But it must be asked, where are all the startups? Don’t be shy, tweet hello here: @pedrohernandez.
San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission is hoping that its smart water meter roll-out is a non-event, at least compared to PG&E’s smart meter debacle. As part of a $50 million project to improve service and reduce water waste, a full 10 percent of the initial 5,000 meters were rigorously and independently evaluated for accuracy and all of them underwent pressure testing. Now contrast that with PG&E’s after-the-fact testing…
Now that data center operators are getting a handle on managing their energy, water may represent the next big challenge in running an efficient operation, not to mention disclosing the consumption thereof. The Carbon Disclosure Project is gearing up for a campaign that places “water consumption on par with carbon emissions as a concern of company shareholders.” Good thing, then, that IBM and Oracle are working on tools to help organizations keep tabs on every last drop.
It might shock you to discover that despite the best conservation efforts, 25 to 45 percent of fresh water is wasted because of leaky and outdated water systems. Now IBM is making waves with a smart grid-like IT initiative to improve water management. Is Big Blue onto something? Microsoft seems to think so…
Americans tend to glom onto certain Canadian stereotypes (Aboot! Free health care! Geddy Lee!) and beat them into the ground. Well now you can add “global leader in online video viewing” to that list of Canadian quirks. ComScore released new numbers today that showed 21 million Canadians watched 3.1 billion online videos in February, for an average of 10 hours each.
Here’s how the Great White North compared with the U.S. in February.
|Percent of Web Audience
Watching Online Video
|Minutes of Online Video
Watched by Avg. Viewer
|Videos per Viewer||147||90|
|Average Video Length (mins)||4.1||3.5|
Of course, in terms of sheer size, the U.S. dominates, with 145 million unique viewers watching 13.1 billion videos in February. But pound for pound, that 88 percent figure represents the highest penetration among the five countries (Canada, U.S., UK, Germany, France) on which comScore Video Metrix reports. Take off, hoser! Online video in Canada is a beauty way to go! (OK, that was the last one.)
Water management company HydroPoint Data Systems is looking to raise between $4 million and $8 million, Chief Strategy Officer (updated: and former CEO) Chris Spain told us recently, and he expects the round to close in the second quarter. HydroPoint is open to adding new investors if it brings “real strategic” additional value, he added.
The Petaluma, Calif.-based company has raised $35.9 million from three earlier fundings, as well as an additional undisclosed sum from Citi’s Sustainable Development Investments in 2007. Other investors in those previous rounds include RockPort Capital Partners, Firelake Capital Management, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, Monitor Ventures, J.F. Shea Venture Capital, the venture capital arm of homebuilder Shea Homes, and The Toro Co., a landscaping firm.
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