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HydroPoint® – a leader in smart irrigation solutions and 360° Smart Water Management Technology


Water scarcity will directly affect nearly 20% of the human population by 2025, UN reports state, and indirectly influences the rest of the planet's inhabitants, economies, and ecosystems. Smart water systems based on the combination of the Internet of Things, big data, and AI technologies can help stop these predictions from happening and undo the damage the imprudent usage of water resources has already caused. Today, smart water technology brings transparency and improved control to the whole water supply chain, starting from a freshwater reservoir to wastewater collecting and recycling. Smart water management implies integrating systems and adopting a complex of measures to monitor, control, and regulate the usage and quality of water resources and maintain the associated equipment (pipes, pumps, etc.). Using the data produced by sensors, management at different points of the water supply chain receive key insights into the changing conditions of water resources and equipment and can take data-driven corrective measures on demand.

HydroPoint® is one such firm that is the proven leader in smart water management solutions. Its product lines help companies maximize water savings, reduce operating costs, minimize business risks, and achieve sustainability goals. The firm combines IoT technology, data analytics, and automation to optimize irrigation, flow management, and leak detection. Its solutions deliver visibility and control to commercial, government, education, and community sites. Located in the San Francisco North Bay for over 15 years, it reduces the world's water waste by making the best and most efficient use of the most important resource.

HydroPoint's Climate Center

Each day, the company's Climate Center ingests over eight million weather data points worldwide, including over 50,000 US weather stations and hundreds of thousands of other data sources, from aircraft to radio buoys and weather sensors around the globe. The firm continually imports this data into HydroPoints's high-performance computing system. The computers run an energy balanced weather model at high speed. The model has been customized to calculating temperature, wind, humidity, and solar radiation for every square kilometer of the continental US and every 100 meters for Hawaii.

Using big data and the cloud to calculate weather data, specifically evapotranspiration, its customers get all the benefits of site-specific weather data without all of the expense and single point of failure an onsite weather station entails. Weather stations are expensive or inaccurate, and if not properly maintained and calibrated can be both.

The smartest products furnished by HydroPoint®

WeatherTRAK®: the next generation in smart irrigation: WeatherTRAK® is the award-winning line of smart irrigation controllers, flow products, and cloud-based central management, eliminates water waste, and delivers operational savings. One can control one or thousands of WeatherTRAK controllers from anywhere with cloud-based WeatherTRAK Central and WeatherTRAK Mobile. It includes the most powerful suite of smart irrigation applications, including smart irrigation manager, asset manager, drought compliance manager, water budget manager, and flow manager.

FlowLink: WeatherTRAK FlowLink® is the easiest, most affordable way to connect flow sensors and master valves to controllers on existing sites. You'll get reliable, real-time flow monitoring and alerting. FlowLink was explicitly designed to avoid costly and disruptive trenching, giving you the ability to respond to catastrophic breaks and leaks, protect your property assets, and cost-effectively manage water resources.

Leak & Flow Monitoring: Comprehensive water management requires an in-depth, real-time understanding of consumption and stopping unexpected waste fast. With HydroPoint WaterCompass® Enterprise, you can continuously monitor one site's water usage or across an entire portfolio from a single dashboard, including domestic water (bathrooms, kitchen, drinking fountains, etc.), cooling towers, irrigation systems, and water-based fire suppression systems. It's the ideal solution for property managers, facilities, engineers and management, and sustainability professionals.

The mastermind behind the supremacy of HydroPoint®

Chris Spain is the President and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HydroPoint®. He co-founded HydroPoint in 2002. Chris has over 20 years' experience managing emerging growth technology and information services companies. Previously, he was the President and founder of Shaman Corporation, providing mission-critical IT data services to organizations focused on secure and stable 24/7 IT operations. Shaman Corporation's customers included Intuit, United States Department of Education, Hambrecht & Quist, and other leading financial institutions. The company was sold to Corporate Software & Technology in 2000.

Before Shaman Corporation, Chris was President of Accelerated Media. This digital and broadcast media company produced award-winning, innovative and interactive projects for Pacific Bell, Discovery Channel, Chronicle Broadcasting, Colossal Pictures, and Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, among others. Together with Peter Carlson, Chris holds a patent on Controlling a Resource Demand System. Chris participates in numerous outdoor sports in his free time, including rock climbing, whitewater paddling, skiing, and backpacking.

"From training to turnkey project management, water bill analytics, and 24/7 monitoring, we are laser-focused to save water, money, and time."