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New Zealand IoT Alliance

Water everywhere but not a drop to spare

Kia Ora,

With Auckland’s drought and subsequent water restrictions at the most severe we have seen in nearly 30 years, water sustainability is top of mind for much of the country and governing bodies. Without a doubt, there are environmental factors at play, but factors contributing to water sustainability also extend to the infrastructure.

IoT can provide added assurance around water management issues that exist within the infrastructure, improving on the current state of limited end-to-end infrastructure monitoring. Combined with many areas still relying on manual and infrequent meter read processes and it leads to understandable difficulties in determining where, and how much water leakage is occurring within the water networks.

New Zealand is not alone in experiencing these issues however, and we’re starting to see use cases from abroad and across the Tasman that are using IoT to innovate and improve water sustainability. Closer to home, councils and government bodies across Aotearoa are looking for solutions that include end-to-end monitoring across usage, leakage, pressure, flow, level-sense, and quality of water. With adoption stages here varying from initial proof of concepts to full requests for proposals, there is still plenty of room for innovation and IoT deployment to help create a more sustainable New Zealand. Watch this space for upcoming developments. 

The next IoT Alliance Connect Networking Event is being hosted by Tech Futures Lab, 27 August. We are looking forward to meeting with our members at a networking event to be held at the new offices of Tech Futures Lab in Auckland. Meet industry experts from the IoT Alliance and our members. Also hear from Tech Futures Lab about their post graduate certificate programme Connected Environments, a new NZQA qualified course for business leaders in the design, management and governance of IoT systems. We hope to see you there. 

Last week was Techweek 2020 and hopefully many of you were involved. Going completely virtual this year, it was a very different experience and a great success. If you did attend we’d love to get your feedback the TW20 attendee survey is open until 12 August. 

Ngā mihi,

The team at the NZ IoT Alliance 

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