December 15th, 2015

Artificial Intelligence's Answer to a Trillion-dollar Problem

LONDON, December 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

How much do you know about the $3.6 trillion U.S. infrastructure crisis? Included in today's commentary: Applied Materials Inc. (NYSE: AMAT), Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: Q), Pretium Resources (NYSE: PVG)

The Trump administration has vowed to take action and boost infrastructure spending by a whopping $1 trillion, but the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) says the price tag to fix to this aging infrastructure is closer to $3.6 trillion . In the meantime, a game-changing technology may be the best way to avoid more economic disasters and human tragedies.

Meet Carl Data Solutions (CRL; CDTAF), the company that's taking the remote sensing of data to the next level with a major evolutionary bang that promises to help solve the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure crisis.

Here are 5 reasons to keep a close eye on Carl Data Solutions (CRL; CDTAF):

#1 The Application of Artificial Intelligence 

From Toronto to LA and Dallas; and from municipalities, engineering firms and massive infrastructure operators at every vertical, Carl Data has a data industry application and solution. Literally.

While everyone's been focusing on the billions of sensors that collect data remotely, Carl Data has been focusing on the data itself in a disruptive way.

All of these industry verticals are overloaded with data. That data is going into log files and then disappearing into a black hole. Carl Data has the tools to intercept the data and makes it actionable-and money saving.

Carl Data's application takes the chaos of massive amounts of data and turns it into something actionable. For major cities with aging infrastructure, it's not enough to have a bunch of sensors collecting data. You have to know what the data is telling you, and in order to do that, you have to have super modern analytics capabilities.

That's exactly what Carl Data has, and there are few systems out there that can handle the sheer volume of data created, and manage any data type in their cloud.

Carl Data's SaaS-based solutions can help identify problems in near real-time, saving customers time and money. That's huge when a disastrous dam failure can cost on average over $700 million in damages and close to $2 billion for clean-up.

This system is designed so that it can service absolutely any and every industry vertical with a massive data platform.

Carl Data's AI system can predict events that may lead to critical infrastructure failures up to seven days into the future.

For oil and gas stream crossings, and major pipeline operators like Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, Husky and Trans Canada, Carl Data use flow and stability sensors to monitor where the pipeline crosses the stream in real-time, alerting engineers via cell phone immediately if thresholds are threatening breach. For Kinder Morgan's 1,300 LNG stream crossings in British Columbia alone, monitoring is critical.

For companies like Teck, Gold Corp., Imperial Metals and BC Hydro and thousands of hydro-electric dams and toxic trailing ponds around the world, Carl Data could be the difference between a small patch-up and a billion-dollar clean-up.

#2 American Critical Infrastructure is Dangerously Failing

So why is Carl's (CRL; CDTAF) predictive data solution so valuable?

America's infrastructure gets a woeful D+ on its report card. The country's more than 90,000 dams represent a major threat to public safety and the economy, with nearly 15,500 already considered high-hazard potential in 2016. On average, these dams are 56 years old, and the hazards are mounting.

In October 2015, 18 dams were breached in South Carolina flooding, closing down 300 roads and 166 bridges, and killing 19 people. Just a year later, Hurricane Matthew ripped through the same state, causing 25 dams to fail-again.

And that's just one part of our massive critical infrastructure.

Just a few weeks ago, the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota leaked over 200,000 gallons of oil, forcing a shutdown.

Bigger and better monitoring measures are critical, and Carl Data Solutions not only uses the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) to alert critical infrastructure operators to impending disasters, but it's predictive-enabling customers to respond before situations become life-threatening.

For America's bursting dams, having a 7-day lead time on a pending disaster is likely the difference between life and death, and could save operators tens of millions in catastrophic clean-up fees, lawsuits and damage control.

#3 Multiple Billion-Dollar Markets Need to Manage Remote Sensing 

Remote monitoring is a massive market across industries-from power generation, oil and gas and chemicals, to water, wastewater, pipelines and railroads. It's a market that is anticipated to hit $27.11 billion by 2023, for a CAGR of 4.47 percent.

Globally, investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to go from over $800 billion this year to nearly $1.4 trillion in 2021, with the manufacturing, transportation and utilities industries the biggest spenders. In other words, remote monitoring connectivity and critical infrastructure.

According to IDC, worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will reach $150.8 billion this year-a 12.4 percent increase over last year. By 2020, revenues are expected to be more than $210 billion.

Big data is now irreversibly mainstream, and it's the key to keeping our critical infrastructure from causing critical damage.

#4 A Revenue-Earning Company Has the Potential to Get Much Bigger 

What investors should be aware of is Carl Data (CRL; CDTAF) is working its way into multiple verticals because the applications of its SaaS-based technology are not limited to any specific industry. So the revenue potential can come from a great many different industries.

With the potential to tap into every industry that collects big data, Carl Data already has a strong pipeline for this year, and has a base of revenue generation that it is now ready to build on.

And the potential for near-term revenue growth is already visible through proprietary applications and strategic acquisitions.

  • Through its acquisition of Flowworks real-time reporting and analytics in 2015, Carl Data has solidified its relationship with major sensor manufacturer Hach, with a new project for the City of Dallas, which has since been expanded, with several more projects expected in the near future.
  • Carl Data is also working closing with big-cap miner Teck Resources and has developed and deployed an application for monitoring tailing ponds. The tech system will help Teck manage risk and is expected to result in significant operational savings.
  • The same technology is also being adapted for Dam Safety and other Asset Monitoring.

From Toronto and Dallas to LA, major cities could benefit from Carl Data solutions to protect budgets and populations from the devastating disasters caused by aging infrastructure. The mining vertical is already being successfully tapped, and Carl Data anticipates other major verticals to follow suit.

#5 Big Data Visionaries, Big Business Brains 

While everyone was blindsided by the remote sensing bonanza, Carl Data (CRL; CDTAF) CEO Greg Johnston was looking into the future. What to actually do with all that data to make it work for its owners. He had a big idea that he's since turned into a small-cap company with a large-cap potential.

The real gold mine is the data, not the sensors. And in Johnston's words: "We're turning the industry on its head".

Carl Data is about Greg Johnston's vision, and the high-tech team he put together to disrupt the future.

  • Johnston is the former director of ecommerce marketing for Global Hyatt Corporation, where he increased online revenue by 34 percent.
  • CTO Piotr Stepinski is a high-level software engineer with a major track record in Kainos, Atena and Telzas and he is the tech architect for Carl Data.
  • Director Chris Johnston, a professional engineer, is the also the co-founder of Flowworks
  • VP of Business Development Kevin Marsh led the industry's first successful efforts to commercialize an IoT-based Data-as-a-Service solution, overseeing its rapid market adoption.
  • Director Craig Tennock is a veteran civil and structural engineer who was awarded the Order of Merit by Industry Canada for designing and implementing a new way to measure open channel flow with greater accuracy.

Remote monitoring is already a multi-billion-dollar business, that's heading to over $27 billion in the next few years. Harnessing the real power of all that data floating around in the cloud is where the big money might be made.

Carl Data's (CRL; CDTAF) big vision for big data may be the biggest thing to happen to North American infrastructure cost savings, by tackling a multi-billion dollar crisis before disaster strikes.

Honorable Mentions:

Applied Materials Inc. (NYSE: AMAT): Up around nearly 8% over the past month, AMAT is one of the top-performing stocks in the tech sector and it's got strong fundamentals to support this bull run. Catalysts are mounting, particularly with an inflection-focused innovation strategy driving growth steadily.

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU): is another semiconductor play whose stock has fared better than AMD lately. Stocks are up 137% this year, and 87% overall. Earnings have been more than impressive.
One of the biggest names in networking is about to make the transition from hardware to software.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN): is an emerging tech company specializing in defense and other government markets. Raytheon's major selling point is its strong command of cybersecurity. While its specialty is in government-centric markets, Raytheon also develops products, services, and solutions in various other markets.

Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: Q): is one of the world's 'most admired companies' according to Fortune Magazine. Spanning over 100 countries, Quintiles IMS is definitely ahead of the pack. Quintiles IMS provides research and development solutions to pharmaceutical, biotech, and security industries that push healthcare forward using data and technology.  

Pretium Resources (NYSE: PVG): This impressive Canadian company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal resource properties in the Americas.

By. Charles Kennedy

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