It may be riskier for water utilities "not take the digital journey" than to dive in and begin realizing the promise of intelligent water solutions. This is one of the many insights that resonated with attendees at Current's second annual Innovators Forum. The event, held during the Water Environment Foundation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) on October 2 in New Orleans, brought together 150 of the industry’s leading innovators, investors, and end-users for an afternoon of compelling panel discussions and lively roundtable sessions on "The Intelligent Water Transformation" – this year’s event theme.
The first panel, moderated by Will Sarni, Founder and CEO of Water Foundry, featured a fascinating discussion about smart water solutions among the industry’s biggest names. Panelists included Al Cho, VP and General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Analytics, Xylem; Snehal Desai, Executive Vice President, Chief Growth Officer, Evoqua Water Technologies; Ralph Exton, Chief Commercial Officer, SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions; Ari Raivetz, Chief Executive Officer, Organica Water; and Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Water Business, Black & Veatch.
Key insights from panel one:
Key insights from panel two:
Following the panels, the event featured ten roundtable discussions on smart water topics, hosted by trailblazing innovators: Artificial Intelligence (hosted by EMAGIN); Asset Management Software (hosted by AqMB and Innovyze); Blockchain & Crypto (hosted by WaterChain); Customer Experience & Engagement (hosted by Gigi Karmous-Edwards); Cyber Security (hosted by Rockwell Automation and WIN-911); DNA Science & Technology (hosted by FREDsense and Microbe Detectives); Leak Detection (hosted by Mueller); Optimization & Analytics (hosted by IOSight and Optimatics); Remote Sensing (hosted by AMS); and Smart Devices (hosted by Accredent and GrayMatter). Insights from the roundtables will be featured on our blog – check-back soon!
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