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Protecting Water Sources with IoT Analytics

By Cara Chaffey posted 10-20-2022 13:27


In the Southern Apennine region, the District Basin Authority governs the physical environment and protects its water resources. It is responsible for monitoring the appropriate use of these resources, forecasting the region’s water supply, and preventing natural disasters and human-made hazards, such as illegal abstraction, discharges, and spills.

With Hitachi Vantara, the Authority is developing a system for sampling data from the field through specific multiparametric sensors, including video, thermographic, lidar, and others. Integrated with a GIS system and meteorological forecasts, that data flows into a big data analytics and data science system that allows officials to inspect water resources throughout the territory and generate actionable insights in real time to mitigate risks and protect the environment.

“IoT analytics is playing a central role for monitoring our water resources, including forecasting and prevention of both natural hazards and malicious anthropic activities, such as dumping industrial waste. I believe it will also have a central role for environmental impact assessments of climate change as part of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan.”

Vera Corbelli, Secretary General, Southern Apennine District Basin Authority

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