Creating a Monitored Community


M2M technology solutions can collect a lot of data, but the question remains: What should be done with the information? More communities are turning to M2M to monitor and control a variety of systems, such as energy and utilities, healthcare, security, and water. Solutions for collecting data and putting it to effective use are a hallmark of a successful implementation.

In the Netherlands, IBM,, is working with the Dutch Ministry for Water on a solution for flood control and management of the Dutch water system. Called Digital Delta, the program is designed to use big data to better understand water use and management.

IBM says much of the Dutch population lives in flood-prone areas, and the costs for managing water and flood events can be high. Digital Delta will work to integrate and analyze water data from a number of sources, such as precipitation measurements, water level and water quality monitors, levee sensors, and radar data. The system uses IBM’s Intelligent Water software and Smarter Water Resource Management solution, offering a cloud-based solution that can integrate data from multiple sources.

With the system in place, IBM says the country will be better able to make decisions related to water. This could include areas such as drinking water quality, floods, and droughts. As part of the program, water experts will have access to a realtime intelligent dashboard where they can view and share information. Techniques such as data visualization and analytics will help users to respond to issues.

One goal of the program is to create a scalable early flood warning method. IBM will work with HydroLogic Research,, and the Delfland Water Board to integrate data from realtime measurement of the water system, plus weather information and simulation models.

Countries around the globe now see M2M as a way to move their cities forward. The Republic of Tatarstan is working with Cisco,, to develop the capital city of Kazan into the Kazan Smart City.

Cisco has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Development Corp. of the Republic of Tatarstan, with the purpose of creating a city that can stimulate economic development throughout the region using a variety of intelligent systems. Cisco will provide its Smart+Connected Communities strategy. Some of the areas that will be impacted include electronic government, education, telemedicine, and commerce.

According to Cisco, a major benefit of a more connected city is its higher attraction of international investors. Cities of the future will need to consider how M2M solutions can fit into their growth plans. Whether it’s a system for connecting the IT infrastructure of a city, or creating a specific plan to reduce flooding, M2M solutions are bringing regions into the future through technology.

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