Hi, I’m Paul Darley and thanks for tuning into our July issue of Inside Darley.
Welcome to our new Darley.com. It’s been over 2 year years in the making by our team of 4 full-time web developers here at Darley. We’re so proud of the great job these young folks have done bringing us and bringing you this new site, making sure it’s user friendly, smart phone compatible and all the things you’ve been asking for. Hopefully at the end of this video, you’ll take a few moments to go through and navigate this site and let us know your thoughts and if there’s areas we could be making changes. We’d love to hear those.
There’s no question the internet has been changing virtually everyone’s life. The worldwide web is only 25 years old. One of the hot topics or buzz words going around in internet and business circles these days is the “internet of things.” The first article we’ve attached for you is put out by McKinsey, called ‘The Internet of Things.” It’s predicted that by 2020, only 5.5 years away, over 80 billion things will be connected to the internet. It’s everything from these FitBits that monitor your activity – everything from the amount of steps you take to how many calories you burn, to the amount of sleep you get. Google recognized this early on when they bought Nest for $3.2 billion. In fact, our second article entitled “The Real Reason Google Paid $3.2 Billion for Nest”. Nest started out as a company that allowed you to control your thermostat remotely, as well as your smoke detectors and some other features in your home. But, it’s really about going to these smart homes, Jetson-type homes that you saw on TV growing up. Pretty neat stuff.
Darley really recognized that as well too. Within the last 18 months, we purchased Self Testing Systems out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They initially just made residential fire sprinkler system pumps and we purchased them because of technology that we’ve now been able to have patented. It allows that pump system to run and be tested every two weeks automatically and then sends a message to your iPhone, alarm company or fire department saying “ yes this system is operating properly.” We’ve now taken that same technology and brought that into hydrant booster pumps and some other areas that allow communities to inexpensively put in hydrant systems or allow them to boost the hydrant pressure in their systems right now. You can find more information on those at our website, www.firesprinklerpumps.com.
What’s interesting is that we’ve now taken a lot of this smart technology into what are called our Smart Pumps. The third attachment is on R-Evolution pump panel. We are selling this into fire, oil and gas and military markets. It actually allows the smart pump to be operated without any human intervention whatsoever. You could literally have a technician on the internet in Houston, Texas operating a pump that’s operating up in North Dakota. The pump has features in it where if it runs out of water, the engine shuts down. Pump and engine shuts down once water enters the pump cavity. It starts it back up. Complete diagnostics, maintenance, everything else. Just a little bit of an inkling of where Darley is headed with some of this smart technology. You will continue to see that. In fact, embracing technology and staying ahead of the technology curve is our third prong of our strategic direction at Darley. A lot of emphasis in that area now and moving forward in the future.
So thanks for tuning into this issue of Inside Darley. If there’s anything we can be doing to support you, we hope you will reach out to us.