Our built environment needs to fundamentally change
2022 was the year when water cost, and water scarcity moved from a regional issue, to a global topic. Research cemented, what was obvious to all, that the world has become much drier than in the past. In fact 2000-2021 was the driest 22 year period since at least 800 CE, over 1200 years ago. From 2023 onwards we will all think differently about water because it will become more expensive, more scarce, and more regulated creating an opportunity for efficiency and profit. This is the core challenge and opportunity that LAIIER addresses.
LAIIER is at the forefront of addressing this core challenge and opportunity by providing innovative solutions for water conservation and damage mitigation.
While our initial focus has been on water use cases, our potential for impact extends far beyond that. Buildings are responsible for 40% of annual global CO2 emissions, with building operations contributing 27% each year. In fact, nearly half of global emissions are generated in the places where we live and work, yet these structures often lag behind the technological advancements of our phones. This is where LAIIER comes in.
Existing smart buildings rely on a patchwork of analog materials and smart nodes, creating a fragmented digital representation of the asset. This approach is neither scalable nor sustainable. Instead of attempting to fix broken systems, we aim to make them smart from the outset. LAIIER will become the "Intel Inside" of smart buildings, with our technology deeply embedded into the materials and components that construct the built environment, creating layers of physical and digital intelligence that enhance performance and reduce environmental impact.
We are LAIIER
LAIIER works closely with commercial property insurers, facilities managers, and system integrators who are invested in building more sustainable, efficient, and safer spaces to work and live. LAIIER's mission is to lower maintenance costs, and reduce or eliminate claims and improve facility performance. Our seamlessly integrated sensor technologies give stakeholders timely and critical insights into the condition and efficiency of their properties.
LAIIER’s team of engineers and designers has decades of experience in printed electronics, IoT, and the design of products that are effective, easy to use, and scalable. Our interdisciplinary approach is the key to our successful innovations and vibrant culture. We are a team of leaders willing to teach, learn, share, and listen.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Bibi, Isabel, and Matt saw a critical challenge: truly scalable remote monitoring of buildings to mitigate water leaks. With buildings left largely unmonitored during lockdowns, Escape of Water events were widespread, with facilities managers and insurers left to pay a high price for the inattention.
Leveraging IP from Bare Conductive, the world’s largest printed electronics prototyping platform (and a company they’d already founded), the team found a scalable solution.
In 2021 we developed a printed sensor IP into a smart “layer” that could send alerts to building owners and operators, even when remotely located. And in 2022, we launched Severn Water Leak Detector, also known as Severn WLD™: the world’s first self-adhesive early water leak detection solution that combines a printed electronics sensor with a hardware device and LoRaWAN communication.
Severn WLD is now deployed with commercial insurance carriers, facilities managers, hospitality venues, and system integrators in the US and UK. We continue to innovate and invest in R&D, and value the feedback we receive from customers and partners.