Urbint Acquires Opvantek to Advance AI Technology for Enhanced Pipeline Risk ManagementPosted Oct 30, 2019
As gas utilities face new challenges – aging infrastructure, extreme weather, and urbanization – the combination of these leading technology providers will give operators unprecedented leverage and real-time insight to protect against a changing world
NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2019 -- Urbint, the market leader in artificial intelligence (AI) for gas safety and risk reduction, today announces the acquisition of Opvantek, a leading provider of risk-based asset management solutions for gas, electric, and telecommunications utilities.
Opvantek’s deep domain knowledge of pipeline integrity, paired with Urbint’s leading-edge technology and funding from Energy Impact Partners, is a leap forward for incident prediction and represents a significant shift toward technology innovation in the gas industry. Urbint and Opvantek’s collective product suite addresses some of the largest risks gas operators face including integrity management, main replacement, damage prevention, methane leaks, cross bores, cathodic protection, corrosion, and worker safety.
For over 25 years, Opvantek has developed best-in-class utility software applications, which are used to assess risk on more than 25% of the natural gas distribution pipes in the United States. Opvantek’s customers include some of the country’s largest utilities, such as Con Edison, Exelon, Dominion, and NiSource. Twenty of the top 25 largest gas utilities in North America, including Southern Company, National Grid, and Xcel Energy leverage Urbint’s AI-powered solutions to reduce risk. With the customer additions from Opvantek, Urbint now services 80% of the North American natural gas utility industry.
“Urbint and Opvantek share a common goal – making communities safer and more resilient. Independently, Urbint and Opvantek have pursued this goal by delivering solutions that help utilities measure and mitigate risk,” said Corey Capasso, CEO and founder, Urbint. “The combination of our technology solutions will accelerate our ability to deliver an enterprise risk platform more powerful than the gas industry has seen before.”
Opvantek is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Urbint and will continue to operate from its headquarters in Yardley, Pennsylvania, with shared resources and support from Urbint.
Additional online resources:
Opinion: “Averting Disasters with Innovation: Utilities’ Pressing Need for Predictive Technology”
Blog: “Pipeline damage prevention: A win-win for safety and the environment”
Blog: “Gas Operations in Paris: A Risk Assessment”
Blog: “The Urbint Report Card Series: Stacking Up Excavation Damage Across the States”
Urbint empowers utilities and infrastructure operators to make communities safer and more resilient with artificial intelligence (AI), helping to quantify the tradeoffs between safety, reliability, and affordability. Through Urbint’s proprietary model of the world, operators have an unprecedented level of insight into the external factors that drive risk on distribution pipeline systems and the tools to maximize risk-reduction through intelligent resource allocation and decision-making.
Trevi Communications for Urbint