What is the IoT? Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things right now The Internet of Things explained: What the IoT is, and where it's going next. Read More Government utility service Hunter Water will trial Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for its water networks, with NNNCo to provide sensors that assist in detecting leaks and predicting water main bursts before they occur. The 12-month trial will test a range of sensors that monitor water pressure and flow in parts of the Hunter Water network in the Lake Macquarie area. NNNCo's publicly available LoRaWAN network and N2N-DL data platform will be used to enable the IoT-powered water pipe solutions for the trial. "The potential is to be smarter with the management of existing assets and reduce spend on new or replacement infrastructure," NNNCo founder and CEO Rob Zagarella said. "That has positive impacts for the utility as well as the broader community by reducing cost and environmental impacts." SEE … [Read more...] about NNNCo trials IoT network for Hunter region’s water pipe network
Water pipe breaks
And here lies the consequences of having century-old infrastructure: The unrelenting cold weather is wreaking havoc on Detroit's water pipes, causing them to burst and trap a bunch of hapless vehicles around the city. There have been two major incidences so far — on one the east side, the other on the west, a total of four blocks across 139 square miles (hold your "Detroit is completely flooded!" comments) — that have caused massive problems for residents and utility workers. However, as The Detroit News points out, there have been 500 smaller breaks in January alone. The most recent break was a 30-inch water main cracking open that has caused some of the flooding to freeze. The breaks, in pipes that are about 100 years old, come at a time when Detroit's emergency manager is pitching a sale of the city's water department and a proposal to have the department shared across all the counties it serves. Noted Detroit hater Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has … [Read more...] about Water Main Breaks Are Making Small Lakes All Over Detroit
Cities need infrastructure of all types to be successful. Transit and road networks to get people around, buildings for homes and offices, the energy grid to keep everything running. But the infrastructure that snakes beneath our cities, almost entirely out of sight, carries our most precious resource: water. But as important a resource as water is, city pipes, at least in the United States, are aging quickly and are in need of replacement. A poignant example is from Washington, D.C. where north of the White House there are water pipes in the ground that were installed before the Civil War, according to George Hawkins, general manager of DC Water in Washington. Hawkins was part of an excellent episode of NPR's Science Friday along with Martin Melosi, a professor of urban history. The two pointed out a number of statistics about city water infrastructure. Did you know: Every day in the U.S., leaky pipes lose one in six gallons of clean water. In D.C., … [Read more...] about U.S. city water infrastructure built before the Civil War
Which would you rather go without for 24 hours: Water or electricity? Frankly, as addicted as I am to my computer, my answer is the electricity. I asked myself that question last Saturday, when I heard that close to 2 million people -- yep, ponder that number, 2 million -- were without clean drinking water over the weekend in the Boston area because of a water main break (in a relatively new pipe, to boot). In fact, as I write this, I believe that many of them are STILL without clean drinking water. This seemed the perfect time to break out an information release I've been hoarding for a couple of weeks from Ernst & Young, which is a study of the water infrastructure in the United States. The conclusion of this report, which was a sentiment echoed in a separate conversation I had last week about a water project being handled by mega-tech company ITT, is that U.S. water systems are way underfunded, especially when you consider the way we Americans think about water. Here's a pretty … [Read more...] about Water, water…how many drops do YOU waste?
Researchers are developing a robotic fish that can dive through underground pipes to detect leaks and breaks which can result in water shortages.This month, a team from USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) revealed a new research project dedicated to solving the problems posed by the US' aging water system. Featured stories Cryptocurrency reality checks and the coming boom USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files In Los Angeles alone, roughly two-thirds of the area's 7,000 miles of water pipes are over 60 years old, going beyond their useful lifespan. As these pipes get older, they are more likely to leak and crack, potentially resulting in water shortages, disruption, and costly repair bills.As these systems deteriorate, city planners and officials need a way to detect the most critical spots in which … [Read more...] about Robot fish detects leaks in LA underground pipes