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For this smart garden, no worries when it rains and rains

For this smart garden, no worries when it rains and rains

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

In New York, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is using the cloud to handle too much rain. When Superstorm Sandy dumped more than 7 inches of rain across the east coast in 2012, New York got hit hard. The city sustained up to $19 billion in damages and saw 5 billion gallons of sewage overflow. Those volumes worried the staff of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which had been planning a Water Garden with a pool that doubles as storage for rainwater but feared another overflow. As a result, the mixture of excrement, rainwater and sewage streaming into New York's waterway played a part in the city's first "smart garden." The garden relies on an automated system called OptiNimbus that uses an algorithm to track rainfall and adjusts its water levels accordingly.

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Project at Conowingo Elementary School Wins MdQI Award of Excellence

Project at Conowingo Elementary School Wins MdQI Award of Excellence

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Category: News

The School’s Advanced Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Garden Monitoring system was named as the winner of the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) 2016 Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award during the 24th Annual MdQI Conference and Annual Awards Ceremony last month.

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Opti Raises $5.5M to Scale Intelligent Stormwater Management

Opti Raises $5.5M to Scale Intelligent Stormwater Management

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Category: Press release

OptiRTC, Inc. (“Opti”), announced today that it has closed on $5.5M in equity funding, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) with participation from existing investors including MissionPoint Partners, the Renewal Funds, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Geosyntec Consultants. The funds will be used to scale operations and expand sales and marketing to help Opti accelerate its growth at the watershed level within existing and new sites across the Country.

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How Big Data Can Help Little Green Infrastructure in Chicago

How Big Data Can Help Little Green Infrastructure in Chicago

Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Category: News

“One of the challenges with maintaining cities is that you have these vast numbers of small assets, and green infrastructure makes this problem infinitely more challenging than the historical approach to having large, civil engineering projects that deal with stormwater. Instead of having a million-gallon tank, you may have several-thousand gallon bioretention cells to store and treat this water. And those assets are much harder to track,” says Marcus Quigley, the founder and CEO of Opti, a company that applies internet-of-things technology to stormwater management. That’s the aim of Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring. It’s a system of sensors that combines weather information with surface and groundwater monitoring to determine how much water is present, whether or not it’s entering the green infrastructure, and what’s happening to the water when it gets there.

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From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Category: Blog post

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins to focus on stricter regulations to deter industrial stormwater pollution as one of its National Enforcement Initiatives for the next 3 years, administrators of large industrial properties may want to consider new solutions to maximize the efficiency of their runoff management systems. Emerging technologies — such as cloud computing and geographic information system (GIS) mapping — offer ways for industrial stormwater managers to gather and interpret data as never before possible. Whether planning new infrastructure, optimizing existing infrastructure, or navigating regulatory requirements, stormwater professionals can save valuable time, effort, and funds by embracing new technologies.

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City Digital at UI LABS and Technology Partners Announce Deployment of Solution to Reduce Urban Flooding in Chicago

City Digital at UI LABS and Technology Partners Announce Deployment of Solution to Reduce Urban Flooding in Chicago

Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Category: Press release

Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage. The ability to securely collect, publish, and interpret the data is enabled by combining technology and expertise from Senformatics, a startup that grew out of the University of Illinois; Opti, a provider of continuous monitoring and adaptive control of stormwater infrastructure; and data and cloud capabilities within the Microsoft Azure platform.

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Villa Park Project Protects Lake McCarrons

Villa Park Project Protects Lake McCarrons

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Category: News

An emerging technology called Optimized Real Time Controls (OptiRTC) was installed to maximize the project’s effectiveness… The system is expected to prevent 50 pounds of phosphorous from flowing into Lake McCarrons each year.

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Mayors Explore Data-Driven Sustainability Solutions with Opti, City Digital Partners

Mayors Explore Data-Driven Sustainability Solutions with Opti, City Digital Partners

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Category: Press release

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel toured the UI LABS facilities earlier this month in Chicago, where they viewed a range of pilot projects aimed at improving urban environments. Opti's Internet-of-Things technology was featured in a demonstration of green infrastructure monitoring and control.

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Simple to Sophisticated: The Right Tools for Stormwater Monitoring

Simple to Sophisticated: The Right Tools for Stormwater Monitoring

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Category: News

The Anacostia River flows into the massive Chesapeake Bay by way of the Potomac River. Compared to the vast 64,000 square miles of the bay watershed, Anacostia’s mere 176 square miles might seem insignificant. But with its population climbing to more than 800,000, and with an aging water infrastructure, the importance and health of this relatively small urban river is vital. By integrating information from continuous probes or sensors that are installed in the ponds with real-time forecasts, technicians can remotely manage stormwater storage and flows.

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How Opti Leverages the IoT to Improve Stormwater Management

How Opti Leverages the IoT to Improve Stormwater Management

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

Category: Journal article

By deploying networked water-level meters, the company can help municipalities or private contractors to right-size their storage infrastructure and speed response times to possible overflow events.

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