Infosys Smart Water Management Testbed approved by Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
The growing water shortage is regarded as the most crucial global challenge, affecting both developing and developed nations at present. Factors such as the rapid increase in the global population, accelerating climate change, and growing industrialization in developing countries are major forces driving this crisis. Cities and large organizations are increasingly struggling to meet the growing demand for water and will have to take measures to reduce the water losses.
A substantial opportunity exists to reduce the volume of wastage. Infosys has come up with a testbed to tackle the water losses. This testbed will address this through the implementation of IoT technologies across the water infrastructure and will be developed from the context of the smart city initiative.
The smart-city water management testbed will implement a network of real-time sensors to monitor leakage, measure moisture and water flow detection. These will be deployed at high-risk locations across the water infrastructure to reduce the amount of water being ‘lost’ by ensuring the following steps:
- Rapid detection of leaks
- Preemptive detection of potential leaks
- Precision irrigation of watered areas
The testbed will be responsible for the following:
- Monitor water flows at key places in the infrastructure
- Visualize the water flow for different time-lines
- Showcase patterns and trends in intuitive ways
- Manage irrigation based on the readings from moisture sensors
- Provide workflows and alarms to improve operations for fixing the leak issues
Institutions and organizations will enjoy the following benefits:
- The reduction in the volume of water lost will translate to money saved.
- Droughts can have a substantial impact on agricultural productivity and result in significant losses to the local economy. An increase in available water could help in offsetting this.
- The ability to anticipate delivery disruptions will likely result in lower maintenance costs.
- Precision irrigation, based on the analysis of soil moisture levels and / or weather patterns, could be expected to improve the overall efficiency.
This smart city testbed will have a platform on which additional testbeds such as lighting management, environment management, security management, etc. can be developed.
Infosys, a member of the IIC is the leading this testbed project along with contributions from other members of consortium such as General Electric (GE), EMC, and Sierra Wireless.