Water analytics start-up set to prevent future disease outbreaks with new funding

Oct. 30, 2020
KETOS closes $18M to accelerate operational intelligence driven by water insights.

SAN FRANCISCO -- KETOS, an award-winning water intelligence and analytics innovator, has closed on $18 million in financing. The round was led by Motley Fool Ventures with participation from Citi and Illuminated Funds Group as new investors. They join existing investors Rethink Impact, Ajax Strategies, Better Ventures, Plum Alley Investments and Broadway Angels. This round takes KETOS’ total funding to $30 million, since the company’s launch in 2015.

With the need for increased Industry automation and data-driven decision making across water-intensive sectors, KETOS offers a fully integrated, EPA-compliant solution with intelligent hardware, stable connectivity infrastructure, an interactive software platform and actionable data. The holistic solution helps solve critical water efficiency and quality challenges with real-time monitoring, delivering predictive intelligence and mission-critical insights, which is further amplified with the pandemic.

KETOS will use the funding to scale and further advance its patented, proprietary solution which includes a robust cloud-based software platform and intelligent hardware, which is assembled and manufactured in the U.S.

“Creating one of the largest centralized data lakes of water quality insights -- with information on heavy-metal toxins, coupled with location-based mapping and potential contamination sources -- the potential for what machine learning and artificial intelligence can achieve is limitless,” said Meena Sankaran, KETOS Founder and CEO. “KETOS can potentially prevent a disease outbreak or provide citizens visibility on a global scale, which could impact their own public health.”

The KETOS machine learning models offer actionable insights by leveraging a comprehensive dataset collected in real-time with precision, sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for parameters like selenium, arsenic, chromium, manganese, iron, nitrates and more. This can be used for transforming operations to predict issues related to chemical treatment, public health, process control, food processing, effluent discharge compliance and more. Interoperability is a key aspect in the digital adoption of a customer and the flexibility offered by KETOS smart water management platform crucially empowers users to protect their investments and have their data managed based on their preferences.

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