Water and wastewater infrastructure has been around since the late 50s and is in dire need of attention. Municipalities that rely on this infrastructure are often faced with budget constraints, meaning they don’t fix problems or replace structures until disaster strikes. This model has proven to be very expensive. Today, municipalities are deploying “intelligent” technologies that leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Placing sensors at key points in the distribution network to deliver real-time data to centralized analytics systems optimizes efficiency and identifies problems before they cause an outage.
Water quality is another IIoT application that has utilities shifting from sending samples to the lab to deploying real-time monitoring systems to capture changes as they are happening. They also deploy real-time countermeasures that save money while keeping water safe.
Rugged Telemetry has been working with rural water to build and deploy these solutions. We start with the distribution infrastructure that controls the pumps, valves, and tanks and deploy edge intelligence and sensors to monitor and operate in real-time. We use the latest hybrid communications to provide analytics in the cloud that deliver predictive maintenance schedules, leak detection, and usage patterns.