A Deluge ofBIG DATAThe Connected Water Utility

A Deluge ofBIG DATAThe Connected Water Utility

Water industry professionals are experiencing a data deluge. There’s a lot of data out there, gathered from sensors monitoring everything from water quality to pipe bursts — but altogether, it’s too much data divided among too many silos to make sense of what it all means.

Figure 1: The deluge of OT data extends to OT systems.

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Connecting these systems can result in “spaghetti” architectures that make having a single clear picture of operations challenging.GISAt the same time, the water industry faces a wide range of challenges, including aging infrastructure, environmental regulations, meter data management and ensuring that water is available and free from contamination — all of which have serious public health and safety consequences if mishandled. Effective data management is a powerful strategy that addresses all of these concerns, but there’s an urgent need for new, innovative ways to manage its vast scale and complexity. The data deluge is also messy. The typical water management provider contends with data gaps between multiple information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) vendors, each specializing in different functions that range from geospatial information systems (GIS) to computerized maintenance management software (CMMS); meters, data loggers to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and more. (Figure 1 above)