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Los Angeles Start-up Finding Success in San Bernardino County

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Q&A with Sanjay Poojary, President & CEO at Saya Life — A Smart Water Management Company

What is SAYA Smart Water Management?

The SAYA system come packaged with water detecting flood sensors, a smart meter fitted with ultrasonic flow sensors, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor and remote shutoff valve. The system sends sensor data to the SAYAOne cloud and based on analytics data water alerts like leak events etc are reported on a dashboard or a mobile app. For flood sensor leaks, the valve is automatically shut off. The system can be easily installed at residential, commercial and industrial locations.

What inspired you to start this firm?

I have been working in the IOT and technology field for more than 20 years in large corporations such as Cisco. It was always my dream to apply these technologies to things that matter most to our lives such as water, air and energy. Because California is earthquake prone, having control of water, gas and energy at a location and ability to remotely shut off could save lives. I quit my job and started SAYA Life in 2016 to realize this dream and started with water management. Having the knowledge of water can have a huge impact not only in terms of water conservation but also preventing major damage caused due to water leaks. Saya provided this knowledge with our NTEP certified smart submetering device which also helps detect anomalies.

How do you benefit consumers?

Water is the cause of trillions in loss each year to residential and commercial property owners, insurance companies and utilities. But there is only one submetering AI platform that prevents catastrophic loss and measures water performance. Saya delivers the knowledge of water. Saya system helps prevent expensive insurance claims, reduces water risks and delivers peace of mind to consumers.

How do you benefit developers?

There is only one submetering Artificial Intelligence (submeteringAI) platform that prevents catastrophic loss and measures water performance. Saya delivers the knowledge of water so developers can provide the highest quality of service to their tenants.

Saya is a certified submetering platform. But Saya also has the most powerful data platform in the segment. The Saya Valet (sensors) gathers water data. After it’s installed, residential multi-dwelling or commercial building owners can use the SAYA Eagle SAAS platform to monitor their facilities. Fixture manufacturers, insurance companies and utilities can use the SAYA PAAS data to improve services for their customers.

Why has San Bernardino County turned out to be your first location?

There is a great deal of new multi-dwelling construction happening in San Bernardino County and the developers are looking at new technology that can really add value.

What are you growth plans as you look ahead?

We are committed to providing the best in class “knowledge of water” solution for multi-dwelling residential and commercial submetering IOT applications.

How has the support of LACI and San Bernardino County impacted your firm’s success?

The collaboration between LACI and progressive counties such as San Bernardino County has helped us identify opportunities and get to market with easy access to county certification requirements for our solution.

How do you think technology will continue to improve our lives – especially in housing and real estate industries?

California law requires manufacturers to meet plumbing fixture efficiency standards, and all new multi-dwelling construction to install water submetering. Los Angeles provides rebates to building owners after submetering, and the National Association of Apartment Owners says submetering can cut water bills virtually in half.

SAYA system help the environment by reducing emissions and saving water and energy, while delivering peace of mind, improved tenant satisfaction and reduction in risk and property damage to building owners.

Third party testing at “Pecan Labs” for Saya solution shows that deploying Saya solution just 1000 homes would contribute to 5.7 metric tons of CO2 reduction. 2.5 Million Gallons of water savings and 24k Kwh of energy savings for one year.

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