Innovative Start-up Chooses San Bernardino County


Author: Monique Carter, MPA, MCR

Saya Life, an innovative start-up focused on real-time control of water systems to monitor water flow and prevent damage caused by leaks, has implemented its system within Discovery Village at Homecoming, a Lewis Group of Companies multifamily community located in the city of Chino.

For San Bernardino County, the introduction of Saya’s technology into Chino is a further demonstration of the County’s effort to encourage sustainable communities as well as support the work of cleantech solutions and partnerships with innovative resources such as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Saya is a portfolio company within LACI, which is unlocking innovation through startups, transforming markets with partnerships, and enhancing community inside its campus and throughout Southern California. LACI runs a number of incubator, accelerator and network access programs and startup competitions to help companies reach their potential. LACI is focused primarily on solutions for transportation & mobility, clean energy, and smart, sustainable cities.

Saya’s system helps local developers looking for submetering and IoT application in a single solution. The Saya system comes with a certified smart meter that has built-in pressure, temperature and ultrasonic flow sensors. It also has a built-in valve that can be controlled remotely in case of a catastrophic leak event. The Saya Gateway collects data from all the meters in the community with a range of 1 kilometer and presents it to the property management via web or mobile application for billing and risk monitoring. This allows developers to build sustainable solutions that not only save water but prevent loss caused by water leaks.

“If you look at all multi-dwelling residential units nationwide, losses due to water damage are in the trillions. Our technology predicts water overuse, potential leaks, and changes in water quality before they become catastrophic events. Further, the lack of actionable water knowledge can cause tenant billing disputes due to faulty metering,” said Sanjay Poojary, president and CEO, Saya Life. “Looking ahead, Saya Life is focused on sustaining the important resources for life. Water is one of the most important and we believe knowledge of water is critical in ensuring we use it in a sustainable fashion.”

According to Poojary, San Bernardino County stood out as a market for Saya’s product because it is a progressive county with several new communities that are ripe for state-of-the-art technology that promotes sustainable living.

“It’s exciting to see the advancement of new technologies that can truly make a difference in people’s lives as well as solve a bottom-line cost issue. We hope this partnership expands for Saya as its technology is introduced to more developers in our region. Moreover, we look to encourage more of LACI’s innovative cleantech firms who locate to the County and bring their new ideas and job creation to our region,” said San Bernardino County Deputy Executive Officer of Workforce and Economic Development Reg Javier.

“LACI has a great partnership with San Bernardino County. We are actively promoting cleantech technologies incubated at LACI that make sense for San Bernardino County,” said Taj Eldridge senior director of investment, LACI.

About San Bernardino County: Located at the heart of Southern California, an economy of 23 million people, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States. Its vast borders stretch from the greater Los Angeles area to the Nevada border and the Colorado River encompassing a total area of 20,160 square miles. Comprised of 24 cities, San Bernardino County encompasses more than two million residents with a workforce of nearly 950,000. Its assets include an innovation corridor of close to two dozen colleges and universities supporting a strong, diverse workforce along with an unparalleled collection of roadways, runways, and railways that lead to regional, national and international business centers. Visit