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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 Large amount of water is lost in between the point of production and receipt by end users due to leaky pipes and outdated infrastructure.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

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  • SUPPLIER
  • 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.
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  • *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.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Infrastructure Condition, Leakage, Soil Moisture Meters, Water Level, Weather
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  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
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  • 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.
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  • Water Quality and Leakage Monitoring
    Smart Water Monitoring Platforms are ultra-low-power sensor nodes designed for use in rugged environments and deployment in hard-to-access locations. They detect damages in the water supply infrastructure and potential risks to public health or environmental damage in real-time.Water leaks typically go undetected or are responded to only after the event. Therefore, a significant amount of water is lost due to excessive irrigation (only 70% of the water supplied is consumed by agriculture).The demand for innovative solutions to enable more efficient use of available water resources, to improve drinking water quality, and improve water resource planning is growing. Due to this, some analysts estimate the global water sector to be worth 1 trillion USD per year by 2025.IoT enables precise control over water resources data, thus allowing an efficient and optimized management of water companies. Smart water management systems can make a fast and significant improvement to the cost and reliability of water supplies, especially in urban areas and in agriculture.There are various applications for smart water management such as water leakage detection, watering management through sensors, drinking water quality monitoring, quality control of pools and water reserves, etc. At present, water companies have numerous sensors and devices which are able to provide input for detailed reports about relevant business critical factors – including water temperature, water quality/composition, water pressure, water flow, etc. However, most water companies still lack advanced real-time reporting and prediction capabilities to monitor “changing” factors. As a consequence, there is a focus on real-time data extraction, reporting, visualization. 
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