Use Case Example

How Industrial IoT is Used to Enhance Water and Wastewater Management

How Industrial IoT is Used to Enhance Water and Wastewater Management

Manual processes and outdated technologies place a large burden on the Water and Wastewater Industry, consequently leading to overflows, contamination, and negative environmental impacts. With the introduction of Industrial IoT (IIoT), companies can significantly reduce these consequences in an efficient and safe manner. IIoT is a system of advanced devices that have the ability to acquire data and transfer it over a network without human interaction. Implementing IIoT technology in a company’s water and wastewater operations creates significant advantages through using digital sensor technology to gather important data, discern actionable intelligence, and ultimately drive human action.

Real-Time Monitoring

Real-time monitoring of all assets from a centralized software interface is one of the main benefits water and wastewater companies will see. IIoT devices are deployed to measure water level, flow, chemical balance, equipment status, temperature, or leak detection where required. All sensor data is acquired, aggregated, and analyzed for actionable insights in real-time. With an effective software integration, all device data is stored in a database that is accessible by authorized personnel at anytime.

Advanced Analysis

IIoT devices designed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) models can further enhance the effectiveness of the technology. AI and ML automatically analyze data to make instant, highly accurate decisions. Advanced analysis techniques like these eliminate human error in calculations and significantly reduce the time spent discerning meaningful insights. Ultimately, the decisions made by the AI and ML models are used to guide intelligent human action on water and wastewater assets.

Notifications

Paired with real-time monitoring and advanced analysis, email and/or SMS notifications take a company’s IIoT implementation to the next level. Thresholds are set on the devices to trigger alerts when data points exceed the set level. This gives immediate awareness of problems or potential problems so site workers can promptly take corrective action on the asset or equipment in need.

Reduced Costs

Manual asset and equipment inspections are costly. Especially when they are spread across multiple water / wastewater sites containing numerous assets on each. IIoT devices can eliminate the need for routine manual inspections by providing insights on which exact assets at each site require attention. The data provided also works to enhance the efficiency of inspections when they are required. Inspection workers can optimize their routes based on locations of assets that require attention. Eliminating unnecessary inspection visits and optimizing routes saves companies thousands of dollars.

A4 Systems IIoT Solutions

At A4 Systems we develop IIoT devices that offer superior quality monitoring of water levels, chemical balance, equipment status, leak detection, flow, and temperature. Through the integration of IIoT devices and an online SaaS portal (SQC), customers receive a true end-to-end solution for discerning logical human action via intelligent data analysis. Each solution provides seamless efficiency and precise analysis to effectively cut overall costs while increasing operational control within wells, reservoirs, sewers, and water treatment plants.