Worried about water? How to find up to 30% more

Wed, 2015-10-14 06:00 -- Jesse Berst

David Logsdon is the senior director of public advocacy for CompTIA, the influential high-tech trade association. (The name stands for Computing Technology Industry Association.) He runs their New and Emerging Technologies Committee, which focuses on trends such as Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.

He's also the co-author of a recent piece that ran in The Hill, a respected Capitol Hill publication. In it, he makes two points that I'd like to bring to your attention. 

First, a strategic insight. David and his co-author assert that smart technologies will be the enablers of a new renaissance. I'm pleased to hear someone of David's stature express this optimism. Far too many people still believe cities are headed to an era of lowered expectations. In fact, we are on the cusp of a new golden age if we can only learn to harness the IoT and related technologies.

Second, the authors point out one tactical application -- using sensors and real-time data to save water. As much as 30% of the water we pump and treat is lost before it reaches the customer. Sensors and analytics can find those leaks and thefts.

I've reprinted the opening paragraphs below with a link to the full article. If you're a Twitter hound, you'll also want to follow David at @DJLSmartData. (I do.) -- Jesse Berst


At the end of the 14th century, a handful of Italian intellectuals banded together to help create a "rinascita" (rebirth) of learning. These Renaissance intellectuals blended literature, art and culture to help drive innovation and the first true "smart" cities were born.

Now seven centuries later, we have encountered a core set of technological game-changers. Dubbed "emerging technologies," the integration of social media, data (big data, data analytics, open data), cloud computing, mobility and the Internet of Things (IOT) into the American business ecosystem has spurred the promise of potential and profound social and economic impacts.

We are now entering a new era of emerging connected technologies that blend engineering, algorithms and culture: stepping stones to a new renaissance. <<More>>