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Jim, a network analyst at a water utility, comes into work each morning and logs into multiple pieces of software. He has to be fluent in each of these systems and regularly switches between them in order to perform his activities. Jim creates new network jobs, updates current job statuses and commentary, while ensuring that the field teams, his management and the various other systems he uses are all kept up to date. Jim’s frustration with the inefficiency of the status quo is typical. Like many water utilities, the use of multiple systems increases the degree of human error, which leads to inefficiencies and potentially unsafe operations. The lack of system integration is one of the principal barriers to streamlining water utility operations and makes managing network events such as supply interruptions, asset failures and leaks even more complex.
No more question marks – There is a growing global trend towards adopting cloud solutions. Last year, more than 80% of 4,000 business and IT managers surveyed worldwide by the Ponemon Institute indicated that they were transferring, or plan to transfer sensitive or confidential data into the cloud. Nearly half of the respondents’ organizations already did so, and another one-third of respondents’ organizations were very likely to transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud within the next two years.
Data security is a primary concern for the U.S. In May 2013, the U.S. Government awarded Amazon a security clearance to allow federal agencies to easily use its cloud computing services as part of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a mandatory government-wide program that standardizes security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud products and services. The Program’s Cloud First policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.
This is the second post in a new series we’ll call “CTO Smart Insights” by Haggai Scolnicov, TaKaDu’s CTO.
To view the first post, go here.
When I was asked to speak at the Intelligent Cities Expo in Hamburg about Smart Water Networks, I assumed I would be on a double defensive: apologizing for an industry late to catch up on the data revolutions of the past hundred years, and struggling to demonstrate the value of data in water against a backdrop of data-poor, “conventional” engineering water innovation. I’m glad to say I was completely wrong!
At the water-themed session I was flanked by brilliant colleagues Steffen Schaefer from IBM and Francis Campan from Suez Environnement, talking data-driven solutions from start to finish. With these two industry giants helping to drive home the point (one from the data processing side, and one from the water business), the clear message was that smart water management is data-driven water management. We were practically “singing from the same hymn book”, perhaps not surprising, considering our three companies’ commitment to SWAN – Smart Water Networks Forum. Moreover, contrasting the session as impartially as I could with other sessions on power, heating, transportation, and other city infrastructures, water seemed to stand out as the industry with the clearest “program” (however unofficial) to get the right data and put it to good use.
In this presentation, I defined the “Smart Water Network Revolution” and the benefits it is bringing, talked about how policy-makers and water professionals can and should help it along, and did my best to dispel the four great myths about water utilities and adoption of data technology:
- Water utilities are too conservative or low-tech to adopt such technology
- Water is a low-value commodity, therefore not a magnet for industrial R&D innovation
- Water utilities are not yet ready for “smart data systems”
- It’s too big an investment
Flip through the slides for the reality behind these myths.
Introducing TaKaDu 4.1 – the same winning formula, with a few key enhancements and improvements.
The new version is available to all users as of today. As usual, all the user needs to do in order to enjoy this new version is to log into the TaKaDu account.
What’s new? Click to read more!