What REALLY Makes a City Smart?

Although there were cities as early as 4000 BC, ancient cities were generally small and had to be supported by much larger rural populations. Truly urbanized societies, in which a high proportion of the population lives in cities, developed only …
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Smarter Water Networks = Greater Security Challenges

Sophisticated AMI water management solutions bring tremendous benefits to both water utility operators as well as water consumers. Water utilities gain significantly deeper insight into and control over operations in general and non-revenue water in particular. Consumers gain unprecedented transparency …
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Smart Water Management Market: Dramatic Growth Forecast

Transparency Market Research (TMR) announced earlier this week that the smart water management market will reach US$15.23 billion by 2019 – with a staggering CAGR of 17.7% for the 2012-2019 period.[1] Similarly, Markets and Markets announced in April that the …
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Taking Stock of US Water Industry: The Flint Effect

In December 2015 Moody’s Investors Services’ 12-18 month business outlook for the U.S. municipal water and sewer utility sector was “stable” – a rating that could certainly capture investor interest in a generally spike-y and under-performing stock market. The main …
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Recycled Water: Are We Ready?

A recent Circle of Blue survey of 30 major US water utilities shows conclusively that the cost of drinking water is rising. The price of water rose on average by 5% last year, and has risen by almost 50% since …
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Revenue Insurance for Water Utilities?

Water services are the most expensive utilities to operate in terms of capital required per dollar of revenue, yet in the USA water is typically the lowest monthly utility bill.[1] With growing populations, aging infrastructures, and increasingly dramatic climate stresses …
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IoT-enabled Precision Agriculture Comes of Age

IoT is no longer hype The numbers speak for themselves. There are already more communicative machines connected to the internet than people and the trend is expected to grow exponentially. According to a recent Verizon report[1], the installed base of …
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Water Management and Big Data

We recently came across an announcement[3] that Tetra Tech, a global $2.7 billion engineering and consulting company with headquarters in Pasadena, has acquired Indus ¾ a Virginia-based company with core capabilities in data mining and management, cloud and mobility. Founded …
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