Water Management Testbed

Fast Facts




GE, EMC, Sierra Wireless


Local government, public facilities, critical infrastructure, organizations with large campuses, emerging markets


The growing water shortage is regarded as the most crucial global challenge, affecting both developing and developed nations at present. Large amount of water is lost in between the point of production and receipt by end users due to leaky pipes and outdated infrastructure. This results in the loss of millions of dollars and huge wastage of such a key resource.


A substantial opportunity exists to reduce the amount of water lost. As water can be lost at multiple points over a wide geographical area, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is particularly well suited to address this problem.

The Smart Water Management Testbed will implement a network of real-time sensors (leakage, moisture, and water -flow detection). These will be deployed at high-risk locations across the testbed water infrastructure to reduce the amount of water being ‘lost’ by:

  1. Rapid detection of leaks
  2. Preemptive detection of potential leaks
  3. Precision irrigation of watered areas
  • Monitor water flows at key places in the infrastructure
  • Visualize the water flow for different time-lines
  • Showcase patterns, trends in intuitive ways
  • Manage irrigation based on the readings from moisture sensors
  • Offer alarms to improve operations for fixing leakage issues

A reduction in the amount of water used should result in a monetary saving. Water droughts can have a substantial impact on agricultural productivity and results in significant losses to the local economy. An increase in the available water could help to off-set this. The ability to anticipate delivery disruptions will likely result in lower maintenance costs. Precision irrigation, based on the analysis of soil moisture levels and /or weather patterns, could be expected to improve the overall efficiency of these operational functions.

The Testbed

The growing water shortage is now regarded as the most crucial global challenge, affecting both developing and developed nations (World Economic Forum: The Global Risks Report 2015). Growing water shortages have been driven by a rapid increase in the global population, accelerating climate change, growing industrialization in developing countries, and aging infrastructure.

Cities and large organizations are increasingly struggling to meet growing demands for water and will have to take measures for reducing the water losses. The focus of this testbed is reducing water losses through the implementation of IoT technologies across the water infrastructure. It could be a city, large campuses of private organizations or large infrastructure utilities like airports or shopping malls. Infosys, a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, is leading this testbed, with contribution from consortium members GE, EMC, Sierra Wireless and others.

The testbed will be developed from the context of smart city initiative. It will have a platform on which additional testbeds like lighting management, environment management, security, etc. can be developed.

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