IBM Big Data helps BWSSB to monitor and manage water distribution

IBM said Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is using IBM Big Data and predictive analytics technology for monitoring and managing water distribution systems.

BWSSB supplies water to nearly 800 square kilometers in Bangalore, whose population grew from 5.4 million in 2000 to over 10 million.

IBM worked with BWSSB to create an operational dashboard, based on the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), which serves as a command center for monitoring, administering and managing the city’s water supply networks.

In a statement IBM said the command center will monitor the waterflow in 284 of 784 bulk flow meters in the city and provide a single view of the functioning of all the bulk flow meters, amount of water transmitted by each of them, the amount of water supplied to individual parts of the distribution system, the level of water in each reservoir or tank, etc. Data from each meter will be reported on a single dashboard.

Sriram Rajan, executive director, IBM India South Asia

“IBM is working with agencies in India, and around the world, to create analytics-based solutions that provide smarter water management and better control over the resources for water boards,” said Sriram Rajan, executive director, IBM India/South Asia.

The IBM Intelligent Operations Center based 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 the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as latest flow rate, total flow in 24 hours and average total flow over the past seven days, as well as the geographical location and time of last update.

There are significant tangible benefits to BWSSB. It is estimated that around 45 percent 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.

BWSSB engineers will be able to assess real time water supply at the click of a mouse. This brings better predictability and real time controllability into the water supply for the city.

BWSSB engineers can now make modifications in the settings of the control valves and get real time feedback on the changes to the water supply elicited by their actions.By setting and adjusting thresholds at key points, engineers can ensure that supply meets their expected goals. When these goals are not met, real time alarms will allow the engineers to make quick, informed decisions and modifications.   

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