For years, utilities have struggled to define the more responsive operational systems and customer-centric performance models that would trumpet the arrival of Utility 2.0. Lacking a singular event marking the shift, it seems more likely a steady, incremental advance through technology deployments, analytics and a focus on customer engagement represents the path towards a continually evolving future state. As we have seen with the progress to date, further advances will require continuing coordination within utilities, their regulators and customers to ensure a sustainable path forward.
A large construction project in Mainz, Germany, recently used Xylem rental pumps for a drainage solution. The pumps were quickly delivered and provided reliable service.
A new apartment complex in Lerchenberg, a district of Mainz, provides 111 apartments in six buildings. The apartments focus on accessibility, with no doorway barriers and twelve apartments especially designed for wheelchairs.
In February 2014, a large sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum and swallowed $1 million worth of classic cars. Researchers used Xylem’s EXO water-monitoring technology to study the sinkhole and ensure the surrounding buildings were safe.
At 5:38 a.m. the morning of February 12, 2014, security cameras registered a strange movement at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The grainy footage shows a half-dozen sports cars appear to settle just slightly in the dim light. Then within one minute, eight classic Corvettes disappeared into the earth.
Once considered the purview of Jetsons-era futurescapes, smart street systems have made the transition from science fiction to real city council planning agendas. Sensor-laden Wi-Fi kiosks, smart streetlights, EV charging stations and integrated urban mobility systems are generating rising interest as cities demand greater connectivity, resource efficiency, enhanced public safety and more effective municipal service delivery.
Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report
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One of the challenges in smart city transportation is to be able to go from point A to point B, while reducing the number of cars on the market, and also being able to use existing public transportation.
OSLO, Norway, January 24, 2017/3BL Media/ - Disruptive technologies and digital infrastructure have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing risks and to transform industries. These include safeguarding the planet's soil and water, and improving inequality and education.
Strategic Directions Report reflects increasing engagement tied to smart city, smart utility efforts
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, January 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Cities and utilities are increasingly relying on data analytics tools to advance their smart systems, even as municipal leaders grapple with how to pay for these upgrades. Fulfilling the smart city promise will require integrating communication technology and increasing stakeholder engagement.
Flygt Concertor, the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence, has solved chronic clogging issues at a Heathrow Airport pumping station and reduced energy use by 53 percent.
London’s Heathrow Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports catering for more than 200,000 passengers each day, with an average of 1,200 flights arriving and departing from the airport daily. Heathrow Airport Water Services Department has an extensive network of 120 pumping stations to manage, and it has been a Xylem customer for 25 years.