In the March/April issue of WEF’s Water Online magazine, Barry Liner (Director of the Water Environment Federation’s Water Science and Engineering Center) and Pam Kenel (Solution Lead for Smart Community & Water Analytics in Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure Business) discussed some of the drivers and barriers to the adoption of smart water infrastructure and big data solutions. They go on to talk about the great opportunities of harnessing that data.
In their discussion they highlight how cloud-based platforms align well with small and medium sized utilities’ with resource constraints by only requiring a small investment in hardware and software while providing the opportunity for implementation of smart water infrastructure technology and big data solutions. “Cloud-based solutions provided by innovators will help water utilities of all sizes advance smart water infrastructure.”
Barry and Pam go on to point out that smart water utility initiatives are trailing both gas and electric, when it comes to implementation. Mentioning citizen engagement as a method to increase the implementation throughout the water utilities. Specifically, intelligent metering and data analytics allowing utilities to alter the dynamic of education and customer communication about individual water consumption.
For water utilities, the data must be refined into information so that it can motivate either the utility or the customers to take action. They then go on pinpoint some of the various key aspects of a big data platform.
Integration - “Integration is critical to have one platform managing the data, as separate silos of data only create separate silos of insight. An integrated solution has to be bigger than one technology.”
With FlowWorks flexibility, you are able to eliminate any silos and have all your data stored in one place.
Analytics - “Analytics tools are used to analyze the data, providing more sophisticated, accurate, and actionable information.”
In addition to storing your data, FlowWorks significantly improves your ability to transform raw data into actionable information by allowing you to perform real-time analysis, monitor alarms and create reports accessible from virtually any web browser.
Visualization - “Visualization tools bring the information into a form that is understandable by decision makers, be they utility managers, government officials, or customers.”
FlowWorks allows users to graph their data using our high performance and fully interactive data graphing engine to help provide a visual component for all necessary reports and analysis.
Security & Governance - “Security & governance are critical to maintaining sensitive data that must be protected, which is especially important for public sector agencies including many water utilities.”
The FlowWorks online platform offers the latest and highest level security features available for our clients.
With FlowWorks, you are able to check all of these boxes while providing the flexibility to implement projects of any duration. If you would like to find out more about how FlowWorks can help manage your environmental data email email@example.com or give our office a call 206-859-6999.