Posts tagged ‘Smart Water Networks’
It’s been busy last week in Singapore… TaKaDu participated in the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) – a huge event combining several conferences and trade shows that have attracted about 750 organizations and more than 18,500 individuals, including mayors, ministers and government officials.
TaKaDu had a booth in the Water Expo, gave a presentation at the water convention and participated in the Smart Grid Technology forum and in SWAN Asia workshop. Between one meeting to another, VP Marketing, Guy Horowitz had the opportunity to be interviewed for the media (watch the interview on CNBC).
During this week we met many potential clients and partners from all around the world. Being our first extensive exposure to Asia, we realized that the Asian market is developing fast, and the need for smart solutions is growing dramatically. Countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, China and India confront huge challenges in water supply, which is accelerated by urbanization, and are looking for solutions to cope with them. Not surprisingly, the theme of the 2012 SIWW was “Water Solutions for Sustainable and Liveable Cities”.
SIWW was also the first international industry event following ABB’s recent investment in TaKaDu. ABB demonstrated the integration of Symphony+ and TaKaDu, generating lots of interest from exhibition visitors.
Now, when we are back home, we are starting our preparations to the next big event in Asia – IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition that will take place in Busan, Korea in mid-September.
The 2nd annual SWAN conference took place earlier this week in Utrecht, Netherlands, with the warm hospitality of Vitens. For the second time, smart water experts and pioneers representing the entire value-chain – water utilities, technology vendors, integrators, consultants, analysts and investors – gathered for 2 days of intensive discussions on the present and future of water networks.
If last year, when we gathered for the first time, the dominant question was ‘what are smart networks?’, this year it appears that there is less uncertainty around the definitions – and the significance – of the space. Two of the leading industry analysts, Greg Neichin from the Cleantech Group, and Seth Cutler from Frost & Sullivan, laid down inclusive frameworks and shared market figures leaving very little room for doubt as to the basic fact – Smart Water Networks are the direction in which all water utilities in the world are headed.Some utilities are doing it today, and we have heard from utilities in the US, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain on their strategies and activities (and one must say – each of them is approaching it from a different direction, depending on their challenges and needs). Others are still in ‘wait and see’ mode, and we spent considerable time in the conference talking about what would get them to adopt smart water network technologies.
We’re serious, of course. SWANS are taking Paris by storm for an entire two days – and in surprisingly good weather too. Over 100 SWANs flocked together for the first annual SWAN – Smart Water Networks – conference. Quite an awesome turnout for this first-ever international event. SWAN is a global industry forum that promotes the use of data technologies in water networks. In other words, we’ve got the best of the best getting together to make water networks smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.
During the morning’s sessions I’d like to mention Jokin Larrauri, VP Sales at Telvent. He captured our attention with his presentation called “Enhancing the Utility with Key Performance Indicators”. The gist of the presentation is that water and wastewater utilities, no matter if they’re public or private, have to operate their assets to ensure quality water and sewerage services. In other words, they have to plan for their daily activities and network expansion, maintain their assets to maximize investments; manage their business and employees’ needs – and after all that’s said and done, they have to charge their end customers for their products and services. All of these activities are supported by various technologies that have one thing in common: they gather a huge amount of data that then has to be transformed into knowledge to enable water and wastewater utility managers to make business decisions.
These technologies all manage tons of data. But surprisingly enough, these technologies are rarely integrated among them to provide utility managers with an overall view of their business, so decisions are made based on global utility needs rather than scattered needs of the various departments that comprise the utility. Where’s the saving grace? Well, Jokin’s presentation really hit home – showing us all how advanced data driven technologies can be integrated to provide the utility with key performance indicators.
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