A smarter water app development ecosystem
Inprevious blog postsI have detailed how enterprise apps can be developed today using theIBM Smarter Water Platform. From this a whole enterprise based app development ecosystem can be built up to help address real worlds problems for the water industry such as water conservation andnon revenue water(NRW). These apps follow a pattern of; leveraging information from various sources such as the citizen as a sensor and the Internet of Things (IoT) of smart water sensors and meters, analyzing the information with advance analytics, and visualizing the information and analysis in a contextual and situational aware environment. This pattern can yield powerful insights into the water network. In this blog i want to examine this ecosystem more with a story about how multiple players can collaborate around this smarter water ecosystem. Below is the diagram outlining the development of a smarter water app development ecosystem. The App Store in the diagram below can be realized by our IBM Cloud try and buy offering. We will now look at a non revenue water story that could be realized by this ecosystem. A Non Revenue Water story (A Smarter Cities ecosystem)
- AWater Balance Appis developed on the Platform by a App Developer in collaboration with a Domain Expert (an example of a water domain expert would be a water engineering consultancy company). The Water Balance App could then be published to a Smarter Cities App Store (such asIBM Water Usage Analysisapp at the IBM's try and buy site). A domain expert can then consult with the Water Balance App and use it to help find leaking zones in a water system
- A Domain Expert can then consult with a Pressure Management App (from the Smarter Cities App Store) to help reduce the pressure in the water network and therefore reduce the amount of leaks. The domain expert can extend the app with their domain knowledge (KPI, regulatory reports, SOPs). The Domain Expert can use the Water Balance App to quantify how effective the Pressure Management App has been in terms of leaks reduction in the water network.
- An Asset Vendor (an example would be a sonic sensor manufacturer ) can then work with an App Developer to create a Sonic Leak Detection App for their sonic sensors. This app would again be published in the Smarter Cities App Store. A Domain Expert would then consult with the Sonic Leak Detection App to detect a leak down to a particular pipe. The Domain Expert can again use the Water Balance App to quantify how effective the Sonic Leak Detection App has been in terms of leak reduction in the water network.
Here the roles are defined more clearly
- Platform Provider - IBM would be the smarter water platform provider
- App developer - An app developer would use the platform services and programming model (SDK) to develop apps on the platform, these apps could then be deployed to the Smarter Cities App Store.
- Domain expert - Domain experts will use the platform as well at the apps from the Smarter Cities App store in their consultancy to give them a competitive advantage. They will typically augment these app with domain specific content (e.g KPI, reports, SoPs).
- Asset Vendor/Content Expert - Asset Vendors provide hardware solutions such as sensor and meter vendors. As cloud hosted solutions become more common, our platform and SDK will become an attractive solution of developing apps to access their hardware that are connected.
This ecosystem will enable multiple parties to collaborate together to allow them consume and use water resources smarter. The IBM Smarter Water Platformtherefore allows us to build advance analytics based apps with data consumed from the enterprise, the Internet of Things, and the citizen as a sensor thereby opening up a new ecosystems for collaborative smarter planet app development: an enterprise app store. This combined with the latest announcement of a joint collaboration between IBM and Apple makes this a very exciting time.