As water supplies begin to drop, globally, owing to climate, social, and demographic change, the need to efficiently balance water allocation is growing at a considerable pace. The inland water resources are under increasing pressure, shifting the focus on water and wastewater infrastructure to effectively track and control water management.
Governments across the globe have found the answer in smart water grids that uses smart sensors and meters to ensure real-time and accurate monitoring of water allocation systems and networks.
Moreover, growing demand for reduced downtime and quicker parts replacement in aging water systems coupled with keeping the water quality intact are some features driving the widespread adoption of smart water grids. Technological advancements focusing on better in-line and on-line inspection of water mains are likely to assuage concerns pertaining to water scarcity.
Smart Cities Focus on Enhanced Investments in Water Infrastructure
The importance of clean and sustainable water supply is getting much more attention owing to the growing number of smart cities projects, globally. Smart water grid in smart city projects would not just affirm water supply safety and meet climate goals, but also ensure future competitiveness of the city, economically.
Moving beyond basic technologies to address waste water and efficient water supply concerns, digitization of smart water management systems in the form of smart water grid enabling near real-time data collection, transmission, and interpreting of water-crucial data remain the key.
Although a few decades witnessed rapid and hitherto unexpected rise in smart phone adoption that could have also transformed the scope for smart water monitoring and analytics—specifically in developing economies, raising funds and encouraging the adoption of smart water grids remains the key concern.
As per an ongoing analysis of the global smart water grid market, investments in smart projects, across the globe will drive the adoption of smart water grids.
“Clean Technology, commonly known as CleanTech—covering goods and services that are designed to reduce the environment footprint, will be the driving force behind the adoption of grid water grid. Clean technologies will remain the key for developing renewable energy solutions, with an aim to ‘de-carbonise’ activities stressing the environment”, Expert Analyst of a leading Market Research Company
Fighting Water Crisis with IoT-powered Smart Water Grid
Governments across the globe, through their smart city initiatives are leveraging the power of technology—right from raw water storage and its treatment to efficient distribution and supply. Smart water grids including technological advancements such as automation and control devices, data analytics, and sensor technologies are building an ecosystem of smart water management systems to address water shortage concerns.
Moreover, IoT-powered applications for a smart water grid is a much needed component to ensure efficient urban delivery of water. Key applications where IoT is projected to remain beneficial include, smart water metering, detecting leakages in water pipelines, tank level monitoring, and water quality monitoring.
However, for an efficient IoT-enabled smart water grid, interoperability with other applications including GIS (Geographical Information System) and weather forecast becomes increasingly critical. Smart water grid comprising of advanced technologies including data analytics, sensors, and smart meters in water distribution systems will ensure higher financial savings by using all water-related data stored in servers—further used for real-time future predictive analysis.
For instance, a semiconductor and algorithms company along with an IoT services company, delivered a cost-effective smart water solution for Spain. The sensors in smart grid are deployed with LoRa technology that is able to collect and communicate important data from various households, even in remote rural areas. Moreover, for a more seamless data collection, the LoRa technology ensures interoperability among applications, telecom, and other IoT solution providers.
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