Open Data Can Open up Opportunity
Mar 01, 2021
An open data approach can help water utilities drive efficiencies across their entire operations, says Matthew Hawkridge, chief technology officer, Ovarro
Asset data, usually held in an asset management system, can be blended with data from many other sources to generate deeper insights into infrastructure, operations, investment and even customers and human resources. Along with operational data from SCADA systems, data from GIS, leak detection, weather stations and business information systems can be combined to provide true situational awareness in real time.
Of course creating a more comprehensive and effective databank also makes it more valuable. The water sector is custodian of critical infrastructure and resources, so it is essential that while data is made available, that is done securely so that sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands.
Most water utilities that I have dealt with are happy to open up their data to trusted parties to help add value to their own business operations and I enjoyed hearing plenty of examples and a sharing of expertise at the World Water-Tech Innovation Summit.
The virtual World Water-Tech Innovation Summit took place on 23-24 February 2021.
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