City of La Palma Selects Sedaru to Drive its Smart Water Enterprise

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ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA, August 19, 2014 – IDModeling, Inc., a leading global provider of smart water network software and services, has been selected by the City of La Palma, California to deploy its flagship smart water network software, Sedaru. The industry’s real-time solution to connect organizational data, systems, and people across the water enterprise, Sedaru leverages IDModeling’s proven hydraulic, asset and operational management analytics so utilities can anticipate water operations, understand impacts and solve problems for energy, quality, water resource, and asset management initiatives.

The City of La Palma’s Water Division is responsible for providing high quality drinking water to its residents and businesses. The primary source of the City’s water supply comes directly from the local groundwater basin managed by the Orange County Water District, with supplemental supply purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California through the Municipal Water District of Orange County.

“We see great potential in IDModeling’s Sedaru to connect our people and our data for better decision making, “ said James Tsumura, La Palma’s Water Supervisor. “Today, everything is done based on experience, and on paper, making it difficult to look at history. What Sedaru does really fits into bringing the agency into the modern day.”

Applying the Smart Water Network: Sedaru will connect the staff of the La Palma Water Division to a broad range of systems, including Esri®-based geographic information systems (GIS), asset management, hydraulic modeling, and Neptune Technology Group’s advanced meter infrastructure (AMI). Sedaru synthesizes this real-time information, and places findable, shareable, and actionable role-based analytics into the hands of employees, from the office to the field. As example, water meter usage, error codes, backflow and leak events will be delivered to Water Division staff for immediate detection and proactive resolution. “Crews will be able to access usage data and share it; all while they’re onsite working with our customers. We’re expecting that to be a big timesaver!” stated Tsumura.

Modeling What Happens Next in the Water System: Sedaru will also serve the La Palma Water Division as a predictive, operational tool allowing them to access and run their hydraulic model. Previously only used by their engineering consultant, Sedaru unlocks the City’s water system model as an easy-to-use, predictive tool that utility staff can immediately benefit from. This will allow the Water Division to anticipate the impact of water system maintenance and operations for both planned and unplanned events. “Many times the information we get doesn’t reflect what we see in the field. With the help of our hydraulic model we will be able to prove there is nothing wrong with a specific asset, and that it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing,” said Tsumura.

Tsumura summarized Sedaru’s impact this way: “Sedaru plays a big part in the City’s implementation of a smart water network. Sedaru opens up the pathway to go beyond traditional monitoring and control of our assets, and allow us to formalize data collection, asset management and prioritization to make better decisions on how our limited funds are spent on capital improvement and maintenance projects.”

“We’re excited to support the City of La Palma by empowering its Water Division with a cost-effective, practical, and fully-connected operating platform that elevates the data and experience already at the utility into a unifying, connected app for all to benefit from,” said IDModeling’s CEO Paul Hauffen. “Sedaru leverages data from all of the Water Division’s systems – as well as the practical experience of its entire staff – to deliver both immediate operational value and long-term system management benefits.”


About IDModeling, Inc.: Infrastructure Data Modeling (IDM) delivers next-generation network management software and services for the smart water industry to build the world’s water network. IDM connects the past and models the present to prepare for the future, with fully connected, real-time, user-friendly products designed to bring immediate value to its customers. IDM operates Sedaru as a service (SaaS) for utilities to access information, communicate across the organization, and simulate performance of their water systems.

About Sedaru: Sedaru is What Happens Next™ when water utilities need to make the right decisions. With connected decision support analytics, Sedaru creates findable, shareable, and actionable information for any role within the utility, including Management, Engineering, Operations, Water Quality, Maintenance, and Customer Service.

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