Saving water, saving lives

Saving water, saving lives

Stattus4

3. Good Health and Well-Being 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

The founders of Stattus4 always wanted to have a business as entrepreneurs that: “as the business gets more successful (in terms of growth and profitability) the more benefits society and the environment will also receive”, as described by the CEO Marilia Lara Marcondes Machado de Oliveira.

The dream started to become reality in 2015 when the founders of Stattus4 worked on the development of an electronic geophone at the previous company they worked for. During the test period, the founders of Stattus4 identified that the work of listening to the electronic geophone was really hard, in the context of a street in Brazil: People talking, loud noise from cars and buses, dogs barking, etc.

Having some knowledge about artificial intelligence they developed a way to use technology to review the sounds collected by the electronic geophone, analyze that, and provide a diagnosis, isolating the other sounds and human error. With that idea they started to research hydraulic issues in Brazil and realized that it was a huge problem, generating large social impact.

Today Stattus4 is a result of this dream, experience and research. A technology startup engaged in building smart cities and sustainability, collecting and understanding natural resource data and making it available to more people.

Authors

Jonatas Souza

Jonatas Souza

Estevão Gonçalves

Estevão Gonçalves

Carlos Saucedo

Carlos Saucedo

Avinash Solanki

Avinash Solanki

School

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

Professors

Ezequiel Reficco

Ezequiel Reficco

Francisco Layrisse

Francisco Layrisse

Innovation

Stattus4 provides two main solutions:

  • 4Fluid: is designed to improve the efficiency of water distribution by combating real and apparent losses. For this, techniques such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT are applied.
  • 4Gas: is designed to remotely capture data of natural gas consumption and forward the information to the cloud server. It combines IoT techniques and uses telemetry.

The first solution, 4Fluid is the flagship system of Stattus4, and has been built based on a unique digital solution and also a unique hardware, both developed by Stattus4. The hardware is adaptable for different types of hydrometers that can help utilization in cities with different pipe systems.

Saving water, saving lives

Stattus4

Inspiration

Today, for every 6 Brazilians, at least 1 doesn't have access to potable water. On average, Brazil wastes 38% of water in the distribution process. If they can save 20% of the lost volume it would be able to supply all 35 million Brazilians who do not have access to drinking water.

Investments in loss management in the sanitation area are essential to improve people's quality of life and ensure that everyone has access to the basic and most important natural resource for life: water.

Overall impact

Water distributors, using the technology, achieve a significant reduction in water loss (by leakage or fraud) and such resources are reallocated to provide water/sewage for the population.

In addition to that, the reduction of water losses impacts the consumption of the available water of the natural springs.

The main customer for Stattus4 in Brazil is the government, as the companies in charge of water and gas distribution are, in most cases, public companies.

Business benefit

Because of 4Fluid, there has been a huge impact in the environment due to rational consumption of water because excess water (caused by leakages) is not withdrawn from nature and also a social impact because water is conserved, using less resources for the facilities' operations, so less expense and those revenues can be integrated to bring more sanitation in places that have no access to water, where money is necessary to include these people in the sanitation program.

Social and environmental benefit

Just in 2020, Stattus4 collected data from more than 400,000 different places, which helped to identify 2,660 leaks. The estimation of total water loss could serve about 300,000 people per day.

Stattus4 is also committed to other social causes, for example, in 2020 they donated material to a social project that enabled the production of 30.000 face shields to help hospitals with safe equipment against COVID-19.

Interview

Marilia Lara Marcondes Machado de Oliveira, CEO

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Stattus4

Stattus4

Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, BR

Business Website: https://stattus4.com/en/

Year Founded: 2014

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Stattus4 is a technology startup engaged in building sustainable smart cities. 4Fluid, a tool to collect and understand the data from natural resources in order to make them accessible in a sustainable way, emerged out of a sanitation project and has grown to become a feasible solution for water leakage while avoiding sanitary issues related to one of the most valuable natural resources: water.