Baseform and Grundfos join forces to accelerate smart water utility digital services to the market

Baseform and Grundfos have announced the next step in their strategic partnership to bring digital services to water utilities across the globe.

The Grundfos global value proposition is being up-scaled to address the water digital market with utility management technology by Baseform as Grundfos Utility Analytics. The artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning digital solution allows utilities to better plan their network renewal investment, manage water losses or infiltration and inflow, and optimise their energy usage while enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Kim Jensen, CMO group head of water utility at Grundfos, said: “Water networks are at a tipping point, and this is a key moment to step up our comprehensive digital journey. The partnership with Baseform will allow us to enhance our customers’ service to the community and help them achieve their goals.”

The collaboration between Baseform and Grundfos began in November 2018, which then developed into a strategic partnership. The latter stepped forward to augment the market footprint of this solution, starting deployments this June in selected markets in Western Europe and the US.

One user of Grundfos’ new offer is Aarhus Vand. Michael Rosenberg Pedersen, drinking water project manager at Aarhus Vand, said: “After implementing Grundfos Utility Analytics, we quickly gained new insights. Other data integration projects we have been involved in, usually underestimated the tasks of data exchange and involvement of internal resources. Other projects covering our entire water distribution network had to use a year and a half to get to the point Grundfos Utility Analytics reached in just four weeks.”

The value proposition addresses water supply, wastewater and stormwater systems, separately or jointly. It is an end-to-end environment bringing together engineering, data science, AI and machine-learning, and computing knowledge to leverage existing data and achieve results for the utility.

Sergio T. Coelho, CEO and co-founder at Baseform, concluded: “The partnership with Grundfos brings not only validation of our vision and technology, but an opportunity to share a common strategic path. It will help us realise our common goal of reaching out to every utility and city on the planet.”