“The ability to interconnect things, services and people via the Internet, improves data analysis, increase productivity, enhances reliability, saves energy and costs, and generates new revenue opportunities through innovative business models.” – A. Gosine, author.
An article by author A. Gosine featured in IIoT World (Water/Wastewater Utilities Leveraging IIoT) provides an interesting review on how connected machines and devices are reshaping the way utilities operate, allowing them to make smarter decisions.
Gosine lists seven existing ways IIoT is positively effecting water management at water and waste water plants:
- Water Leakage Protection. IIoT technologies increase energy efficiency by correlating energy patterns to production and process variables. This results in new, dynamic data analytics and real-time system monitoring to more quickly detect water loss through leaks or theft, as well as monitor water pressure fluctuations.
- Systemic Water Management Efficiencies. The availability of less expensive water sensors track water quality, temperature, pressure, consumption and more to better understand how consumption compares to city averages, industry averages and previous months. The data generated by the sensors is communicated with the utility in easy-to-understand formats, ready for sharing with consumers if so desired.
- Water Quality and Safety Monitoring. A smart water quality management approach monitors almost every measurable parameter – chlorophyll, air temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen concentration, oxidation-reduction potential, pH, relative humidity, chlorine concentrations, the presence of organic compounds, and electrical conductivity – in real-time and act upon it to certify drinking-water quality.
- Wholesale/Retail Water Consumption Transparency. Utilities can use IIoT to respond to fluctuations in energy cost or new compliance requirements. New modeling capabilities of performance in support of energy budgeting and contract negotiations are also made possible.
- Infrastructure Prescriptive Maintenance. Predictive and preventive maintenance and anomaly detection is dramatically enhanced through the implementation of an IIoT platform. One example discussed is the monitoring of pump system performance. Many pumps typically operate below their best efficiency point (BEP), resulting in excess energy being transmitted into vibration, heat and noise – all which increases maintenance and energy costs.
- Industry Consolidation and Best Practices. IIoT technologies are revolutionizing industry best practices. Sharing of data between industrial businesses find synergies within product portfolios, redefining what is possible in energy savings, increased equipment lifetime and maintenance cost reductions.
- Manufacturing Innovation Incentives. IIoT also spurs manufacturers to “rethink” their role in supporting water utilities by investigating and developing comprehensive new solutions like “smart pumping systems.”
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