LONDON, December 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
By now, most people are aware of Donald Trump's trillion-dollar pledge to fix the failing U.S. infrastructure. But that trillion dollars is just the tip of a much bigger iceberg. The real cost of diffusing this infrastructure time bomb could actually be $4.6 trillion. And that's before considering the investments needed to protect and maintain that system. Today's commentary includes: Rapid7 Inc (NASDAQ : RPD ), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE : PANW ), Pure Storage Inc (NYSE : PSTG ), Microsoft (NASDAQ : MSFT ), Shopify (NYSE : SHOP ).
Luckily, one little-known company is ahead of the curve in this market, launching an artificial intelligence application that could help save billions of dollars in cleanup, repairs and liability.
First, consider just how bad our current infrastructure is:
- More than 15,500 of the country's dams are considered a high hazard for public safety and could take nearly $60 billion to repair.
- There have been more than 3,032 pipeline spills since 2006, spills that have cost the U.S. $4.7 billion.
- Six billion gallons of water are lost every day in the U.S. because of leaking pipes - part of a water infrastructure crisis that the EPA estimates will cost $275 billion to fix.
Each of these industries has spent millions on remote sensing equipment in an attempt to combat disasters, but the data flooding in from every pipeline, dam and electricity cable is simply too much to decipher.
The company working to solve these problems is Carl Data Solutions (CRL; CDTAF), and its latest Internet remote monitoring technology can help to detect and avoid infrastructure disaster, saving not only billions of dollars but also lives.
Here are five reasons to keep a close eye on Carl Data Solutions (CRL; CDTAF)
#1: There's Far Too Much Data to Handle
There's just too much data coming at us every day.
The one vital data point that will alert you to the next leak in a pipeline system that spans 2.4 million miles is far worse than looking for a needle in a haystack. And these data systems are only getting more complex.
By 2020, more than 50 billion devices will be connected, creating millions of terabytes of data that will need to be managed, stored and analyzed.
And Carl Data's is one system that is gearing up for this challenge.
In Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Dallas, Carl Data is attracting interest from the Big Data industry.
With breakthrough technology, Carl Data intercepts this big data, and makes it actionable, helpful and profitable. In fact, it's taking that data and managing it in its cloud.
Plus, Carl's SaaS (software as a service) based solutions help identify structural issues in real time, saving crucial time and a good deal of money, too. Saving $4.7 billion in pipeline damages since 2006 sure would have been helpful.
Even better, its use of predictive analysis machine learning (which gives computers the ability to learn without being programmed) and web-based applications assist with all areas of data collection. It can analyze past storm events, for example, and then use weather forecasts to calculate how likely a future storm is to cause damage to infrastructure.
In fact, Carl Data can predict potential events up to seven days in the future.
#2: Carl Data is Already Generating Revenue
What's nice about Carl Data (CRL; CDTAF) is that it's working across multiple platforms with its SaaS-based technology, so potential revenue streams are likely to increase.
Plus, it already generated revenue which is on an upward trend between 2016 and 2017. Better yet, it's potential for generating further revenue is greater thanks to recent acquisitions.
- Through its acquisition of FlowWorks real-time reporting and analytics in 2015, Carl Data solidified relationships with major sensor manufacturer Hach, with a new project for the city of Dallas, which has since been expanded, with several more projects expected in the near future.
- Carl Data's Polish subsidiary, where its core team of data scientists are approved for a substantial EU research grant to help the company maintain its lead in tech that monitors aging water infrastructure.
- Carl Data is also working on closing a deal with big-cap miner Teck Resources and has developed and deployed an application for monitoring tailing ponds. The tech system is designed to help Teck manage risk and is expected to result in significant operational savings.
Moving forward, Carl Data expects to generate $1.9 million from water flow management services in 2018, $250,000 in revenue from dams and reservoirs, $500,000 from pipeline monitoring, and $1 million from smart city applications, according to its latest business plan.
Better yet, according to President and CEO, Greg Johnston:
"The space is growing very rapidly, as cost of hardware goes down it is getting easier and easier to collect data, but ours is the only app that can solve this.
It is built to handle multiple verticals with very little customer development, from Water Utilities, to Mining, to oil and gas - the applications are completely separate from our backend so it does all the heavy lifting. They can also run it from another application-so this is all available to them.
We have a model that is 80% of our revenue and it makes for expected high margins - it is also a very sticky product, we have your data and it is in a way you get used to so it's a pain to change. We have some very large clients - some of the largest cities in North America and now one of the largest mining companies that we just signed."
#3: U.S. Infrastructure is Failing Rapidly
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) just gave current U.S. infrastructure a D+ rating. That tells us we're in desperate need of repair. And already, we're too late. Even the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has estimated that there's an $808.2 billion backlog in deferred maintenance on the nation's rail and bus lines.
On top of that, according to the American Road and Transportation Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the U.S. alone are structurally deficient.
Considering that seven out of 10 dams will be over 50 years old by 2025, monitoring and disaster protection is a market that is only going to grow. The ASCE dam report card estimated that it would require roughly $45 billion to repair aging high-hazard potential dams.
We desperately need a better way to predict impending infrastructure failure, and ways to safely collect and actually use data to tell us where trouble lies. Again, that's where Carl Data plays a critical role. Its artificial intelligence can alert infrastructure operators of potential disasters and allow us to respond to potentially life-threatening situations.
#4: Remote Sensing is a $27.11 Billion Market
It's easy to see why remote monitoring could be worth $217.11 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 4.47% between 2017 and 2023.
We also have to consider that worldwide revenues for big data are forecast to reach $150.8 billion this year, a year over year increase of 12.4%.
By 2020, revenues could be well over $210 billion.
"The industries that will be making the largest investments in big data and business analytics solutions in 2017 are banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, federal/central government, and professional services. Combined, these five industries will spend $72.4 billion on BDA (Big Data) solutions this year," according to analysts at IDC.
There's no limit to where Carl Data's proprietary technology can be adapted to be used in this booming industry.
#5: Big Vision from Big Brains
Carl Data is seeking to change the way we look at infrastructure problems and our response time.
Right now, trillions of dollars have been spent-and is at stake-because of antiquated infrastructure that's already falling apart. For example, a flood can hit us with $700 million in damages. Clean up costs can cost up to $1 million a day.
However, thanks to Carl Data's vision for big data, there is now the chance to avoid disaster and save not only money but also lives.
Helping to disrupt our future, Carl Data is rounded out by some big names.
- President and CEO, Greg Johnston has 23 years of management expertise for large multi-national corporations and small start-up technology ventures. He was also the former director of ecommerce marketing for Global Hyatt Corporation.
- Chief Technical Officer Piotr Stepinski is a software engineer specializing in data processing, cloud computing and continuous delivery in Agile environment.
- Vice President of Engineering Mike McDonald is a founding programmer and Development Team Lead for FlowWorks Inc. with over 10 years of experience in software development both in the data analysis and engineering sectors.
- Director Chris Johnston, a professional engineer with over 27 years of experience in civil engineering and infrastructure management, is a co-founder of FlowWorks Inc.
Again, we're all well aware of the government's plan to spend $1 trillion on fixing America's aging and ailing infrastructure issues.
But any fix is just temporary and not nearly enough.
As the infrastructure time bomb ticks away, Carl Data is providing a very real solution in real time that can do what much of what is really needed for America's infrastructure crisis.
Rapid7 Inc (NASDAQ : RPD ) is a huge player in security and information technologies. The company's special, analytics-driven approach to cybersecurity and IT operations give it an incredible advantage over its competitors. The company's in depth knowledge of the threats facing businesses' physical, virtual, and cloud based assets allow for high quality service which puts Rapid7, Inc ahead in the field.
Palo Alto Networks (NYSE : PANW ) For expansion, this $12.7-billion market-cap company is a top pick with its sales of next-generation firewall solutions. It covers 150 countries and it protects data infrastructure of at least 85 Fortune 100 companies and even better more than half of the Global 2000.
Pure Storage Inc (NYSE : PSTG ) knows that data platforms are also a key asset in protecting companies against cyber-attacks. Pure Storage, Inc is a data platform focused on delivering fast, optimized and cloud-capable solutions for its customers while keeping data security as a top priority.
Microsoft (NASDAQ : MSFT ) Microsoft is appealing to investors for more just its Windows platform. Like Intel, Microsoft is diving head first into an entirely new market. With key partnerships utilizing and implementing blockchain technology, the company's upside could have huge potential as the tech takes off.
Shopify (NYSE : SHOP ) is a Canadian e-commerce company with more than 500,000 companies rely on Shopify's real-time e-commerce, including Tesla, Budweiser and Red Bull, among many others. Shopify manages their e-commerce machines, and its stock is now up to over $106 right now, with a market cap of over $10 billion.
By. Charles Kennedy
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