Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has launched a new platform to help water utilities to better manage their networks.The IT services, consulting and business solutions provider claims its new version of the Intelligent Urban Exchange (IUX) application provides utilities with pre-built ‘use cases’ for cost effective reduction of non-revenue water and efficient delivery of safe and reliable water.
In addition, the technology is said supports the previous version’s scalable analytics to allow cities and partners to easily integrate to speed up the deployment of smart city solutions.
The solution allows utilities to develop custom applications to address localisation requirements as well as meet up with the growing demand of smart water.
[quote] In a press statement, Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director for smart cities strategies at IDC said: "There is a real urgency for targeted analytics offerings that are geared towards proactively addressing critical issues like lead detection, pipe failure and water management systems as part of a Smart Cities initiatives." [Smart water India: what are utilities doing to curb losses?]
And as such, the solution is designed to help utilities to better manage their water infrastructure through provision of real time network performance insights and recommendations to improve a situation, states the statement.
Up to 40% water loss rate in the US
The launch of the data analytics technology comes at a time the company predicts that utilities in the US are losing US$8.7bn annually to water losses whilst a third of global utilities are reporting that 40% of their clean water is lost due to leaks. [US company unveils new solution for smart water utilities]
Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head of TCS' DS&S group added: "Smart water networks can save up to 70 percent of quality monitoring costs, and far more in avoided catastrophe.”
The company reiterated that it is looking forward to launch its IUX data analytics solution for intelligent Energy to help power utilities to manage and control city and residential energy efficiency, improve renewable energy integration, and reduce the carbon footprint using carbon analytics. [ComEd and Illinois utility collaborate on smart water meter pilot].
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