INDUSTRY 4.0: Innovative solutions for the water industry

Michael Alabi, Arnesh Telukdarie, Nickey Jansen Van Rensburg

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Abstract

Most water service providers are increasingly utilizing capacities of Internet of Things and Big Data for leakage detection, water metering, planning, monitoring and distribution. The era of Industry 4.0 has brought about different innovative solutions across various industrial sectors. Internet of Things (IoT) provides new solutions to the water industry, improving water management, and reducing operational expenses as relating to water infrastructure maintenance. A challenge in the water industry is the ability to turn the available data into insightful information, permitting effective decision making. This paper aims to answer two research questions that is "what are the innovative solutions that Big Data (BD) and Internet of Things offer the water industry" and "Is the Artificial Intelligence Hierarchy of Needs (AIHN) applicable to the water industry?". This paper reviews innovative solutions in the water industry from an Industry 4.0 perspective, with a close look at the BD and IoT. The paper identifies the key benefits of IoT-based technologies and how these technologies have started empowering the water industry, especially, in the development of smart water management system. This paper presents the AIHN and its application to the water industry, including data-science best practices. The paper further identifies the current challenges of BD and IoT and in conclusion, proposes a simple semantic innovative solution that illustrates how different sensors and BD, IoT and cloud technologies can assist the water industry to detect water leaks and pump issues at real-time via instant information to both in-house and field water engineers/personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 International Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration
Subtitle of host publicationA Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019
EditorsE. Schott, H. Keathley, C. Krejci
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Management
ISBN (Electronic)9780997519563
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Publication series

Name2019 International Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019

Conference

Conference2019 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period23/10/1926/10/19

Keywords

  • Big data and analytics and ai hierarchy of needs
  • Industry 4.0
  • Innovative solutions
  • Water digitalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management

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