August 21, 2018 in Blog, News from Our Companies

United Technologies acquires Predikto, 2018 ATDC graduate

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The staff of 2018 ATDC graduate Predikto celebrates the announcement of its acquisition by United Technologies. (Photo: Special)

FARMINGTON, Conn. United Technologies Corp. said it has acquired Predikto Inc. an Atlanta-based predictive analytics software company. Predikto is known for its proven cloud-based predictive health maintenance solution, which enables customers to forecast and improve asset reliability with greater certainty. Untied Technologies, ranked No. 51 on the Fortune 500 list, said the acquisition reinforces its global digital strategy to make strategic business investments that enhance the company’s ability to deliver new forms of value for its customers, employees and shareholders.

Predikto, a 2018 graduate of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), was founded in 2013.

Mario Montag, Predikto CEO, will assume the role of chief data and analytics officer for United Technologies, driving the strategy and direction for United Technologies’ global data and analytics initiatives in support of the company’s businesses. Predikto will have a presence in Atlanta, Georgia, and Brooklyn, New York.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The unique differentiator with Predikto is the technology platform — it is able to take hundreds of disparate industrial asset data-sets and automate up to 80 percent of the analytics process to quickly deliver actionable insights for taking pre-emptive steps to avoid issues, thereby increasing asset uptime, United Technologies said.

“Data is the lifeblood of any digital strategy and actionable data is the way forward as we deliver real customer value,” said Vince Campisi, United Technologies’ Chief Digital Officer. “We are incredibly excited about this announcement and the future ahead together. By harnessing the best of our combined predictive analytics skillsets, we can better connect all critical assets, understand the reliability and health of our products and ultimately deliver an improved customer experience. Predikto’s capabilities will help us scale these efforts across United Technologies’ businesses with speed.”

Predikto recently completed serval pilots with Pratt & Whitney — a United Technologies subsidiary — specifically focused on commercial engines using preexisting data. Together, as a complement to Pratt & Whitney’s existing physics-based models, the models generated by Predikto identified factors related to unplanned engine events. When taken into account, these insights will further increase the predictability of future issues and inform the development of key product improvements. What would have taken engineers months to aggregate the data and create algorithms instead only took days for two data scientists to complete using the Predikto software platform.

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Mario Montag is Predikto’s CEO. (Photo: Special)

“Predictive analytics and data science have the power to change the way today’s businesses run, especially in complex asset-intensive industries,” Montag said. “Predikto’s approach and technology has been demonstrated globally across the aviation, rail and shipping industries where unplanned downtime and unscheduled maintenance can be costly. There is great opportunity for additional applicability to many of United Technologies’ products and services. We are beyond excited to join the team and begin making an impact.”

Being an ATDC company helped position Preditko for the United Technologies acquisition, Montag said, noting that his company received two other acquisition offers from major corporations.

“The biggest help we got from ATDC was related to the Industry Connect program,” Montag said, Industry Connect links global firms with ATDC portfolio companies that can solve their challenges.

“Through Industry Connect, we had a lot of introductions to different corporations, and we were able to do a lot of fast pitches and tailor our message,” Montag said. “Before this acquisition, we landed one of our biggest customers through ATDC.”

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