Sensors in the Water Industry: The Next Step to IoT Cities
What is the industry?
Many water and wastewater networks are currently not digitized. They use analog or slow systems to collect samples, analyze data, and provide data for companies to use. These results are used to meet pollution requirements, policy limits, and ensure that the treatment of both water and wastewater plants are running correctly. The introduction of sensors into these industries can lead to increases in efficiency for the plants, reduction in pollution from contaminants or waste materials, and more.
Where are the synergies?
There are a number of industries which currently require devices to measure and monitor wastewater. For example, semi-conductor manufacturers have to ensure that their wastewater has no trace metals in their wastewater. Chemical or pharmaceutical plants must ensure no trace chemicals. This also applies to industries such as food and beverage, clothes manufacturing, and pharmaceutical plants. Any process which has water during its manufacturing process, cooling and heating process, or similar, and then exits this waste to the environment have to ensure that their plant does not contaminate, pollute, or cause damage to this environment. They, therefore, require sensors to monitor their plants. These same sensors can be used in municipal water and wastewater plants to monitor contaminants in the water and wastewater networks.
Smart meters for gas and electricity have greatly benefited those industries, reducing contact and allowing the measurement of more accurate readings. This saves the customer money as they are paying for utilities they use. Typically, water is not monitored in this way. By greater monitoring…