“Ayyeka provides a solution for a significant existing need in the water industry, and that’s a reliable, simple and secure way to collect monitoring data,” says Yossi Yaacoby, Director of the WaTech Division at Mekorot, Israel’s national water company.
Mekorot is implementing Ayyeka’s remote monitoring kits, and reporting a high level of satisfaction with this Israeli start-up company’s product. “We are using Ayyeka’s kits in areas with developed infrastructure, to measure the level of chlorine and turbidity in the water,” explains Yaacoby. “One of the solution’s advantages is that it is agnostic, and can work with any type of sensor.” Mekorot is now considering expanding its use of the kits throughout Israel.
We spoke with Sivan Cohen, Ayyeka’s Director of Business Development, who just returned from a trip to California, where she attended the American Water Works Association (AWWA) conference and exhibition, and spoke at a Sacramento Israel-Water Technology Conference. “The title of my presentation in Sacramento was ‘If you can measure it, you can manage it.’ This is really what Ayyeka is all about: making monitoring simple, secure and afforadable. Extending smart water networks with our remote monitoring systems allows for improved network visibility, reduced operating costs, enforcement of regulation compliance, faster leak detection, more exact billing and other advantages, which ultimately mean savings of water and money.”
Ayyeka’s monitoring solutions can actually be implemented in sectors beyond water, for example energy, environment and infrastructure. The company has over 30 customers in Israel already, including Mekorot, local water companies, Ben Gurion University and the hydrological services, and is in trial pilots abroad. Internationally, Ayyeka partners with sensor providers, such as Turner Designs in California.
Ariel Stern, Ayyeka’s Co-Founder and CEO, reflected on the company’s vision and direction: “We are focusing our business efforts on the water sector, which has a major unmet need for monitoring, and is a large potential market for us. However we are also conducting pilot projects in other sectors such as energy, oil and gas, and civil infrastructure. Even though our focus and main operation for now is the water sector, it is important to demonstrate the extent of Ayyeka’s market, which includes additional large industries,” concluded Stern.
We’re pleased to see Ayyeka moving forward so quickly,” said Adi Yefet, head of the water sector at Israel NewTech. “They are another example of Israeli creativity in the water arena. Their successful operation at Mekorot – which is recognized internationally as an innovative water utility – will surely advance their operation around the world and in additional segments.”