Menu

IoT FEATURE NEWS

AT&T and IBM Bring IoT to Bear on Water Shortage

By

Drought is becoming a serious problem in the western U.S., and all over the world. Now, big companies are taking action, with the help of the IoT. AT&T, IBM and Mueller Water Products announced on June 1 that the three have developed a new solution using IoT technology to try and alleviate water shortages in urban environments. At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Tech Expo, the brands announced the results of several recent test trials of the technology that took place in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

In addition to drought, old pipelines and limited funds for new equipment all play a part in increasing water shortages, so the companies determined that monitoring water systems can prevent large-scale leaks that waste water. Cities can now get information on the condition of fire hydrants, underground pipes and drainage systems, which have been difficult to monitor until now.

“A typical water pipe leak wastes almost 400,000 gallons of water per year,” said Mike Troiano, VP, Industrial IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Cities are facing water shortages all over the world and need help identifying issues early to help avoid a catastrophic event. We’re giving communities more visibility into their water supply, and helping them better manage the future operation of their water systems.”

Image via Wikimedia

The new solution uses Echologics sensors and sound technology from Mueller Water Products and marries them to AT&T’s LTE wireless network. The sensor nets detect water pressure, temperature, leaks and then IBM’s Water Management Center aggregates the data and combines it all to generate a comprehensive view of the system’s performance.

“With this new permanent leak monitoring technology, we can now monitor the pipe for small, subsurface leaks, which gives us a better opportunity to fix them before they develop into larger leaks,” said Charles Scott, engineering project manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District. “This reduces our risk, and allows us to focus our maintenance efforts to targeted sections of pipe.”

With this kind of smart municipal monitoring, it’s possible that conservation can make a real dent in shortages threatening the lives of people all over the world. 




Edited by Maurice Nagle
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Rocket Wagon Venture Studios Introduces New Mobility Initiative

By: Shrey Fadia    6/10/2019

After arriving on the scene, launching Rocket Wagon Venture Studios at IoT Evolution Expo earlier this year, the parent company announced its second i…

Read More

An Executive's Guide to Enterprise Digital Transformation with IoT

By: Special Guest    6/10/2019

IoT implementation is clearly growing, with more and more businesses seeking new solutions; however it can at first be a challenge to grasp the benefi…

Read More

Tata Communications Launches IoT Marketplace to Bring IoT Stakeholders Together

By: Special Guest    6/3/2019

Tata Communications has put IoT on the table with its Internet of Things Marketplace - a platform for IoT practitioners and enterprise customers to di…

Read More

Breadware Introduces B-to-B IoT Marketplace

By: Ken Briodagh    6/3/2019

Breadware aims to become the world's most trusted source for businesses to plan, build and launch IoT products.

Read More

Schneider Electric Acquires Stake in AutoGrid

By: Ken Briodagh    6/3/2019

Autogrid will help Schneider Electric reinforce its position in edge control software and analytics for microgrids and distributed energy resources

Read More