Pennsylvania Women-Led Tech Businesses: Saving Money and Water
Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? There are countless female trailblazers who call Pennsylvania home, and they have made immeasurable contributions to our state, our economy, and in many cases globally. Recently, H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions partnered to save commercial property owners money and conserve water.
H2O Connected is a woman-owned business operated by President and Co-founder Susan Springsteen and located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone in Coatesville. The company manufactures American-made water-saving and water-damage prevention products sold around the globe.
Springsteen and her team designed LeakAlertor, a new leak detection technology for commercial property owners that installs in seconds, requires minimal maintenance, and saves thousands of gallons of water that might otherwise be lost through undetected water leaks.
LeakAlertor also connects wirelessly to a central dashboard, which enables management to see problems in real-time via a secure remote monitoring IoT (internet of things) device, and alerts owners to toilet leaks in buildings like hotels, apartments, offices, nursing homes, government buildings, and other large-scale facilities. The notifications pinpoint the specific issue and how many gallons have been wasted. The hybrid hardware/software solution is the result of 20 years of research and development to benefit the buyer, the community, and the environment.
“Property managers may think they’re losing a couple of gallons a day when in fact, they’re losing up to 7,500 gallons a day,” said Springsteen. “We’re finding that 20 to 30 percent of toilets in our customers’ buildings have some sort of leak.”
H2O Connected wanted to partner with a company that had vast expertise on the IoT space, and that’s why Springsteen tapped Chariot Solutions, the software development company that built the LeakAlertor dashboard, firmware, and software.
Chariot Solutions, a top IT consulting firm in the Philadelphia area, specializes in in custom software development, systems integration, mobile application development, and training. Chariot creates software for its clients, both large and small, in diverse industries ranging from financial services to higher education.
Prior to its partnership with Chariot Solutions, H2O Connected released the LeakAlertor 6000 that used green and red flashes to signal that a system was either operating efficiently or had an issue needing to be addressed. While it performed well in the marketplace, customers were seeking a device that digitally alert them in case the light went unnoticed or unreported. Chariot Solutions was able to make this a reality.
“The LeakAlertor product creates a lot of data that needs to be processed and organized, all with a user-friendly interface,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chief Marketing Officer, Chariot Solutions. “This water conservation device falls under the category of IIoT, which is the Industrial Internet of Things. Smart connectivity has many applications beyond what consumers are seeing and we’re glad to be a part of this innovative solution.”
The remote monitoring IoT device has already proven its value for the Fairfield Inn in Exton. Within moments of installation, the team at H20 Connected received an alert that one of the toilets was running and engineers quickly informed management. Since no guests were due in the room for another four days, catching the issue immediately saved the hotel from wasting more than 28,000 gallons of water, resulting in hundreds of dollars of cost savings.
Congratulations H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions on a successful new partnership and product launch! We are #PAProud!
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Susan Springsteen is President and CEO of H2O Connected, LLC, a company whose multi-patented product line can detect every type of water loss problem that can occur in the 350+ million North American tank-based toilets and the first Qualified Opportunity Zone Business in Chester County. As a leader in the Chester County community, Susan is the President of the Chester County Library Trust and a Board Member of Chester County Industrial Development Authority. In 2010, she was recognized as Female Business Leader of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.
Tracey Welson-Rossman is a sought-after expert, advisor and advocate for women in technology. She is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based software consulting firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz. Tracey is a frequent commenter on women in technology-related careers, and advises a number of leading companies on their STEM programs. She has shared insights and solutions from the stage at SXSW, as a contributor to Forbes, and as a speaker at the Philadelphia Women’s March. In addition to leading the branding and marketing strategy for Chariot, she helped grow the company 5x since its launch. Tracey is a founding board member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, board member for Creating IT Futures and WXPN, and an advisor for startups Rec Philly and Jenzy.