Overlay was founded to solve a single problem: the deployment, management, and maintenance of critical infrastructure is slow, fraught with error, and requires multiple site visits for simple decision making. Current and accurate information is critical when planning, expanding, upgrading, acquiring, or dealing with a disaster. Existing GIS systems provide little beyond Google Maps style display with basic metadata, are manually intensive to maintain, and still frequently require onsite visits to make decisions. Despite considerable investment of capital and time inventorying and inspecting assets, most of that information quickly becomes stale and obsolete.
To address this, we assembled a group of Silicon Valley veteran entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. We built one platform that can be used by everyone — cities, counties, states, utilities, telecom and power companies, and anybody else who has important fixtures that may change over time. We coupled that with powerful mobile AR technology that automatically updates the platform every time a site is touched with contextual measurements, comprehensive imagery, and complete elimination of back office work.
As we expand nationwide and customize the platform and our data collection apps, we’re uncovering additional asset management problems within each industry. Unable to ignore a challenge, we’ve developed several industry-specific solutions and continue to roll out more.