Vietnam, IBM develop ‘smart water’ in Da Nang

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Da NangThis week the Vietnamese city of Da Nang finalised an agreement with IBM, the world’s largest computer-services company, on implementing smart-water technology in the city.

Smart water, or “Intelligent Water,” is an IBM innovation for improving municipal management of water utilities by tracking data more efficiently with computer systems. IBM’s Intelligent Water system is used for sewer overflow mitigation, water conservation and smart metering, smarter irrigation for parks and golf courses, water and wastewater situational awareness and quality management, pressure and leak management, and urban flood management.

The software needed to run the Intelligent Water system can either be stored on a city’s municipal servers, or it can be operated from any web-connected device on the IBM SmartCloud. The latter option makes this utility-management innovation available to less-developed regions and countries.

According to IBM, the Da Nang Water Co. is modernizing its water-treatment capacity with IBM’s real-time analysis and monitoring of the water supply. Da Nang is also improving its water infrastructure by employing IBM’s sensors and software to monitor quality and shortages.

Such technology is increasingly important for Da Nang as it faces a growing problem of water shortages. A recent report released by the Vietnam Department for Agriculture and Rural Development said that there is a shortage of about 1 billion cubic meters of safe water in the dry season in Da Nang. The report concluded that this is due to both a new hydropower dam that was built upstream on the Vu Gia River, and to the rapid population growth in the city.

Aside from helping with management of the current water supply, the new IBM Intelligent Water system will help Da Nang officials gather comprehensive data on the shortages. They can then use that data to negotiate with the various dam operators on the Vu Gia River to increase the flow of water to the city.

As Da Nang is a coastal city, the Intelligent Water system will also assist with improving desalination operations, which should mitigate the water shortages to some extent.

Despite these problems, Da Nang was recently voted the best place to live in Vietnam in a domestic survey.

 

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This week the Vietnamese city of Da Nang finalised an agreement with IBM, the world’s largest computer-services company, on implementing smart-water technology in the city.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Da NangThis week the Vietnamese city of Da Nang finalised an agreement with IBM, the world’s largest computer-services company, on implementing smart-water technology in the city.

Smart water, or “Intelligent Water,” is an IBM innovation for improving municipal management of water utilities by tracking data more efficiently with computer systems. IBM’s Intelligent Water system is used for sewer overflow mitigation, water conservation and smart metering, smarter irrigation for parks and golf courses, water and wastewater situational awareness and quality management, pressure and leak management, and urban flood management.

The software needed to run the Intelligent Water system can either be stored on a city’s municipal servers, or it can be operated from any web-connected device on the IBM SmartCloud. The latter option makes this utility-management innovation available to less-developed regions and countries.

According to IBM, the Da Nang Water Co. is modernizing its water-treatment capacity with IBM’s real-time analysis and monitoring of the water supply. Da Nang is also improving its water infrastructure by employing IBM’s sensors and software to monitor quality and shortages.

Such technology is increasingly important for Da Nang as it faces a growing problem of water shortages. A recent report released by the Vietnam Department for Agriculture and Rural Development said that there is a shortage of about 1 billion cubic meters of safe water in the dry season in Da Nang. The report concluded that this is due to both a new hydropower dam that was built upstream on the Vu Gia River, and to the rapid population growth in the city.

Aside from helping with management of the current water supply, the new IBM Intelligent Water system will help Da Nang officials gather comprehensive data on the shortages. They can then use that data to negotiate with the various dam operators on the Vu Gia River to increase the flow of water to the city.

As Da Nang is a coastal city, the Intelligent Water system will also assist with improving desalination operations, which should mitigate the water shortages to some extent.

Despite these problems, Da Nang was recently voted the best place to live in Vietnam in a domestic survey.

 

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