On the occasion of World Water Day yesterday, tech giant IBM entered into a pact with Ireland’s Dublin City University for a collaborative R&D pilot to leverage the in trend internet of things (IoT) technology to help protect water, which is currently the most precious natural resource on planet Earth.
The collaboration will see IBM joining the University’s Water Institute Industry Advisory Council and bringing together its cognitive IoT-based environmental solutions with Dublin City University’s much-inspired Water Institute expertise and leadership in environmental sensing via the university’s National Centre for Sensor Research.
According to details released so far about the collaboration, the pact signed between the two parties aims to focus on the new DCU sensor technologies, which could possibly hold the potential of monitoring several key water quality aspects, that too at costs significantly lower than what current commercial technologies are able to achieve.
These newly developed DCU sensor technologies when combined with the tech giant’s environmental IoT platform, may eventually result in impacting the water management movement on a big scale all around the world.
The deployment of IBM’s machine learning and cognitive IoT technologies with DCU sensors will work towards protecting and conserving the natural resources of planet Earth and address several environmental management issues such as quality of water for both marine and freshwater environments.
The tech giant’s cognitive IoT technologies are capable of providing deep learning capabilities for sensor platforms. This results in ensuring reliable and quality data capture even under tough environmental conditions. Further, the advanced analytics embedded in IoT-based sensor platforms, or the sensors themselves, can also extend a helping hand in early detection of environmental changes or subtle trends that might prove to be important to public health and safety or even remediation efforts.
Scientists at IBM Research are currently working on developing integrated IoT solutions that are capable of supporting a myriad of sensors so that they can better understand ecosystem challenges and then manage them. For instance, these ecosystem challenges might include changes in water quality due to climate-realted, natural or artificial effects. These sensors being developed by IBM can help in measuring several biological, physical and chemical parameters that can help in better understanding of the changes in the environment.
IBM and DCU’s Water Institute have decided to selectively pilot these technologies in Ireland and the United States. The first sensors are being deployed in New York’s Lake George in conjunction with the ongoing Jefferson Project.
According to Harry Kolar, engineer, IBM Research, they are optimistic that in the period of over next few years, the internet of things technologies will play an important role in protecting the environment and natural resources of the planet.
Commenting on the collaboration, he added, “At IBM Research, we are excited to leverage IBM’s expertise in cognitive and IoT environmental monitoring and management with the DCU Water Institute to help advance the future of water management.”