News

A running list of publicly available articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts and other media featuring or published by Opti.

Subscribe to posts

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.

View article

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.

View article

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.

View article

Particle CEO Zach Supalla's Road Map for Navigating the IoT Frontier

Particle CEO Zach Supalla's Road Map for Navigating the IoT Frontier

Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Category: News

For instance, we work with Opti, a stormwater management system. It’s a great product, given the increase in extreme weather and flooding. They don’t say, “We are an IoT product.” They say, “We have a great stormwater management system.”

View article

Featured Facility: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Provides Vision

Featured Facility: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Provides Vision

Mon, May 16, 2016

Category: News

Milwaukee region and a cleaner Lake Michigan accomplished through its leadership in attaining zero overflows, zero basement backups, and improved stormwater management. MMSD is partnering with Veolia North America and Opti to study the performance, operation, and maintenance of green infrastructure. The study aims to develop decision-making tools by providing the District and Operations staff with real-time monitoring and performance information about large portfolios of green infrastructure installations.

View article

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Category: News

Another interesting stormwater project in Denver is at the Denver Green School, which is part of the public school system... The technology that runs it is innovative.

View article

Water management in a changing environment

Water management in a changing environment

Wed, Feb 24, 2016

Category: News

For Quigley, the world needs a future of radical transparency of data. With an open explanation of the reality of water, he postulated that this approach will transform the manner in which we act and develop regulations around water management.

View article

Reframing Complex Water Problems

Reframing Complex Water Problems

Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Category: News

Proactive And Responsive Data-Driven Control Systems That Optimize Storage and Discharge Against Weather Forecasts and Current Conditions

View article

Cloud Computing: What is it?

Cloud Computing: What is it?

Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Category: News

Applications that need to leverage Big Data, generated by the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology revolution, will need to be implemented as true PaaS cloud-based applications with scalability in computing and storage. The stormwater control application developed by OptiRTC is a good example of such an approach.

View article

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Category: News

Officials say a vast network of homes outfitted with such systems might prove to be a modern-day answer to flood control.

View article

Stormcatcher System Collects Rain Water, Showcased to LA Residents

Stormcatcher System Collects Rain Water, Showcased to LA Residents

Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Category: News

Imagine a city networked with tens of thousands of homes, where they talk to each other and retain and let out the water according to the water needs of our yards and our city." -- Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles

View article

Building Community-Based Resilience Through Technological Innovation

Building Community-Based Resilience Through Technological Innovation

Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Category: News

But we're not willing in this project just to be satisfied with having people receiving information. The solution actually takes direct action... low cost automated floodproofing.

View article

How Technology Can Save Us from the Next Hurricane

How Technology Can Save Us from the Next Hurricane

Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Category: News

...an integrated system to control the flow of water... These new technologies allow us to build the intelligence into the system so that they can be proactive.

View article

Water Pitch Night: Five Local Startups Pitch Their Water Innovation

Water Pitch Night: Five Local Startups Pitch Their Water Innovation

Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Category: News

Congratulations to OptiRTC for placing first in the pitch competition.

View article

Geosyntec Celebrates Completion of New Stormwater Management System for Maryland Elementary School

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Category: News

One of the more innovative aspects of the stormwater management system is a smart 2,500-gallon rainwater cistern. What makes it so smart are electronically actuated drain and irrigation valves and sensors, all connected to an intelligent real-time monitoring and control platform provided by OptiRTC.

View article

Real-time technology helps protect water quality

Real-time technology helps protect water quality

Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Category: News

But did you know that innovative technology can automatically check the weather and activate water management structures that protect your neighborhood from flooding?

View article

These 10 Mass. companies are making waves in water tech

These 10 Mass. companies are making waves in water tech

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Category: News

OptiRTC formed in December 2014 to bring innovative technologies to urban stormwater management.

View article

The tech behind smart cities - Eliminating water pollution

The tech behind smart cities - Eliminating water pollution

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Category: News

Stormwater runoff is one of the biggest pollutants around the world... OptiRTC... has developed technology to help mitigate this.

View article

Smart Meters Get All the Press, but 'Dumb' Meters Need Love, Too

Smart Meters Get All the Press, but 'Dumb' Meters Need Love, Too

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Category: News

Robert Goo, the EPA official spearheading the project, envisions citywide networks of these smart cisterns “on every high-rise, under parking lots, in parks,” marshaling rainwater for use in irrigation, car washing, toilet flushing, and more. Once it has been set up, the system can more or less run on its own.

View article

Going Against the Flow: Green Tech, Sensors and Industrial Internet Make Sewer Systems Smart

Going Against the Flow: Green Tech, Sensors and Industrial Internet Make Sewer Systems Smart

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Category: News

Even though green solutions can also cost billions over time, they yield savings and benefits not possible through traditional infrastructure, including increased property values and improved air quality.

View article

How the “Internet of Things” is turning cities into living organisms

How the “Internet of Things” is turning cities into living organisms

Sun, Aug 12, 2012

Category: News

By using the Internet to connect real-world sensors and control mechanisms to cloud-based control systems that can pull in streams from any other data source, including weather reports, these efforts enable conservation and money-saving measures that would have been impossible without this virtual nervous system.

View article

Keep in Touch

If you would like to stay up-to-date on stormwater issues and Opti, please add your email below. If you would like to contact Opti, please click here.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×