Smart water infrastructure and big data are starting to attract funding both from investors and utilities after years of capturing the water sector’s imagination. Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) have been around for decades, but improved sensors, advanced analytics, and visualization tools are now enabling utilities to better partner and interact with their customers.
Smart water infrastructure technology has the potential to reform delivery of services while raising the quality of life by helping to make cities more sustainable and resilient. Cloud-based platforms offer the potential for implementation of these big data solutions at utilities of all sizes. Small investments in hardware and software are required for cloud-based computing that align well with the resource constraints of small- and medium-sized utilities. The smart city movement encompasses many facets, such as smart buildings, energy management, transportation connectivity, information connectivity high speed data networks, and, of course, water management.