Bangalore, India's population has swelled from 5.4 million in 2000 to over 10 million today, putting a huge strain on the city's water supply and distribution system. The two rivers that are the city's main sources of water cannot meet the demand, so equitable distribution of what water is available is a challenge. So is the fact that the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) reports about 45% of its water goes unaccounted for.
Bangalore isn't alone. Similar scenarios will play out in cities around the world in coming years as massive urbanization strains city infrastructures – water, but also energy, transportation and the like.
So what is BWSSB doing to solve its water challenges? Enter smart cities technologies.
BWSSB turned to Council Lead Partner IBM, which is implementing its Big Data and predictive analytics technology to create a "command center" from which BWSSB personnel can closely monitor and manage water flow.
Based on IBM's Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), the command center solution contains the GIS (Geo Information System) for Bangalore to enable a real-time view of flow meters, along with the ability to zoom in and out, and pan and click on a specific flow meter. When a meter is selected, a user can have a view of key performance indicators.
"Around 45 per cent of the water supplied by the BWSSB goes unaccounted for. Implementing this solution helps minimize this water loss by detecting large changes in water flow, through real-time monitoring," said Dr. P.N Ravindra, an executive engineer with BWSSB. "Our engineers will be able to assess real-time water supply at the click of a mouse. This brings a degree of predictability and real-time controllability into the water supply for the city.”
Read more about smart water technologies:
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Introduction to smart water networks
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This article is from the Council's Compassionate Cities initiative which highlights how city leaders and other stakeholders can leverage smart technologies to end suffering in their communities and give all citizens a route out of poverty. Click the Compassionate Cities box on our registration page to receive our weekly newsletter.
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