Artificially Intelligent Rainwater Management Technology
In our busy urban settings frequently, there is either too much or too little water. With changes in our climate, growing urban populations and increased hard surfaces in our cities we have seen a significant increase in the risk of flooding and sewer spills. Furthermore, ever increasing pressure on water resources and challenges of potable water availability require rapid implementation of water efficiency measures in cities on every continent. Innovative cyber physical technologies are required in order to resolve two of the World’s most costly challenges of our time.
Rainwater management systems are dual-purpose solutions; providing water efficiency benefits as well as stormwater management services with associated monetary, energy and carbon cost savings for both consumers and utilities. OTA utilise state of the art IoT technologies, which incorporate Predictive Analytics & Artificial Intelligence with the latest water management and engineering practices.
Our vision is to deliver systems that are low-cost, reliable and scalable across global markets. Such systems bring multiple benefits and target a nexus of the challenges facing the water management sector. They provide an ability to capture, store, reuse and release rainwater incident on individual properties and by doing so improve the potable water supply-demand balance and reduce the likelihood of stormwater related flooding and pollution.
In this experiment we will develop a robust, scalable hardware/software system in the STM32 platform, integrate it with OTA’s middleware, deploy it for testing and validation in the SmartCity Santander testbed and use the subsequent data to develop and refine innovative artificial intelligence based control algorithms, in a realworld setting.
Building on our work since 2015, and with the business development support from Blumorpho and digital catapult, this experiment will accelerate our solution to market in the EU in the near future, where we can enter as a first mover and realise a significant market share.
When implemented at scale, our system can help mitigate flooding and sewer spills at some of the most challenging catchments and areas, resulting in significant saving (economic, energy and carbon) alongside climate change adaptation and mitigation. Meanwhile, each system can help reduce demand on dwindling potable water supplies. The market size for both flood mitigation as well as water use efficiency is significant, and the solution can be adapted for application across arid, and wet climates.
With the help of FED4SAE platform and collaboration, OTA aims to improve its product and service offering for large scale market demand and become the go-to company for controlling smart rainwater management systems.