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IIC - Water Management Testbed

The growing water shortage is regarded as the most crucial global challenge, affecting both developing and developed nations at present. Large amount of water is lost in between the point of production and receipt by end users due to leaky pipes and outdated infrastructure. This results in the loss of millions of dollars and huge wastage of such a key resource. GOAL A substantial opportunity exists to reduce the amount of water lost. As water can be lost at multiple points over a wide geographical area, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is particularly well suited to address this problem. The Smart Water Management Testbed will implement a network of real-time sensors (leakage, moisture, and water -flow detection). These will be deployed at high-risk locations across the testbed water infrastructure to reduce the amount of water being ‘lost’ by: • Rapid detection of leaks • Preemptive detection of potential leaks • Precision irrigation of watered areas

  • Infosys
    Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing and next-generation services. They help enterprises transform and thrive in a changing world through strategic consulting, operational leadership, and the co-creation of breakthrough solutions, including those in mobility, sustainability, big data, and Cloud Computing.
  • Construction & Buildings
  • Maintenance
  • *This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.* LEAD MEMBER Infosys SUPPORTING COMPANIES GE, EMC, Sierra Wireless MARKET SEGMENT Local government, public facilities, critical infrastructure, organizations with large campuses, emerging markets FEATURES • Monitor water flows at key places in the infrastructure • Visualize the water flow for different time-lines • Showcase patterns, trends in intuitive ways • Manage irrigation based on the readings from moisture sensors • Offer alarms to improve operations for fixing leakage issues TESTBED INTRODUCTION The growing water shortage is now regarded as the most crucial global challenge, affecting both developing and developed nations (World Economic Forum: The Global Risks Report 2015). Growing water shortages have been driven by a rapid increase in the global population, accelerating climate change, growing industrialization in developing countries, and aging infrastructure. Cities and large organizations are increasingly struggling to meet growing demands for water and will have to take measures for reducing the water losses. The focus of this testbed is reducing water losses through the implementation of IoT technologies across the water infrastructure. It could be a city, large campuses of private organizations or large infrastructure utilities like airports or shopping malls. Infosys, a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, is leading this testbed, with contribution from consortium members GE, EMC, Sierra Wireless and others. The testbed will be developed from the context of smart city initiative. It will have a platform on which additional testbeds like lighting management, environment management, security, etc. can be developed.

  • Infrastructure Condition, Leakage, Soil Moisture Meters, Water Level, Weather
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Cost Reduction - Energy]
    A reduction in the amount of water used should result in a monetary saving.
    Impact #2
    [Cost Reduction - Maintenance]
    The ability to anticipate delivery disruptions will likely result in lower maintenance costs.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Precision irrigation, based on the analysis of soil moisture levels and /or weather patterns, could be expected to improve the overall efficiency of these operational functions.
  • Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
    The Industrial Internet Consortium is the open membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is setting the architectural framework and direction for the Industrial Internet. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in March 2014, the consortium’s mission is to coordinate vast ecosystem initiatives to connect and integrate objects with people, processes and data using common architectures, Interoperability and open standards.
    Sierra Wireless
    With a rich 24-year history of innovation in the wireless space we have been first to market with many technology solutions for global customers.Our innovative products and solutions already connect thousands of businesses to critical data and millions of people to information. Our customers Trust us to develop products and services that get them to market faster and can in turn, help save lives, reduce carbon emissions, and make neighborhoods safer.Sierra Wireless designs modems that enable PCs, notebook computers, and vehicles to communicate wirelessly. Its products are used for Internet access, e-mail, database access, vehicle dispatch, and a range of machine-to-machine applications. Its product lines include AirPrime (embedded wireless modules), AirLink (intelligent gateways), and AirVantage (machine-to-machine cloud products). The company sells directly and through resellers, primarily to customers in North America. Manufacturers also embed the company's wireless modules into their computing products.
    General Electric
    GE is a diversified specialty equipment, infrastructure and financial services company. Their products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, oil and gas production equipment, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products. GE believes new technologies will merges big iron with big data to create brilliant machines. This convergence of machine and intelligent data is known as the Industrial Internet, and it's changing the way we work. Year founded: 1892 Revenue: $148.5 billion (2014) NYSE: GE Featured Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - GE Digital - GE Predix - GE Intelligent Platform - Wurldtech
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