AGR has developed the SensaTM suite, which is a complete end-to-end solution to capture, store, manipulate, crunch and report quality data on water in different formats for different constituents
When we turn on the tap in our homes we often take for granted that safe, clean, drinkable water will fill our glasses. The reality is that water districts and the governing bodies that manage them are finding it harder and harder to keep this as the status quo across the country. We are caught in a pincer of two colliding forces; increasing demand on a finite, if not recessing, resource that is being delivered by infrastructure that is aging and potentially unsafe. In short we have less potable water to provide to a growing population.
Data collection, integrity management, utilization and analytics can be employed at every step of the potable water delivery process to assist in meeting the basic goal of an adequate supply of safe, potable water for every U.S. resident. From the reservoir or ground well to the water processing plant and out of the clear-well, through to the water storage tanks, and finally delivered to homes and businesses via pipeline. Data can be collected and stored at each of these points to create a rich tapestry of information that can be analyzed to help plan for our water needs and ensure that what is being delivered is safe.
Solving the Issues Utilizing Data Analytics:
Create Predictive Analysis through Data Collection for:
- Delivered Water Quality
- Water Conservation
- Distribution Management
AGR’S PROPRIETARY SOLUTION – SENSATM
AGR has developed the SensaTM suite, which is a complete end-to-end solution to capture, store, manipulate, crunch and report quality data on water in different formats for different constituents.
A high level architectural overview of the solution is diagramed as follows:
This integrated solution has three main parts:
1) Data Acquisition
SensaTM analytical collection agent runs at a basic level inside your water processing plant or water reserve board management office on a computer that has access to instruments/sensors or other data inputs. At the water processing plant level, this should be exclusively from instrumentation/sensors that are constantly collecting data. The agent connects to the sensors/instruments for data collection purposes and submits the data for analysis to the Sensa Analytical Engine.
Agent software is installed to the sensors that will collect data from these sensors and feeds them to our analytical engine for further processing. This is a flexible data collection system that has multi part collection capabilities. For example, using this agent collection system we can:
- Connect directly with digital sensors to read periodic updates
- Collect output files generated from Analog or digital sensors in different formats.
- Manually input data that was read from sensors into the agent input screen.
- Manually input data that was observed from tests into the agent input screen.
Once this data is collected or entered into the agent software, it is then forwarded to the engine for further processing.
2) Data Analysis and Visualization
We take this data and run analysis to create customized, visual dashboard’s that are tailored for our client’s requirements. The dashboard visualization tools that pairs with SensaTM is Tableau.
Tableau is designed as an end-user data visualization tool and with minimal training, all staff can utilize it. Through Tableau, users will have the freedom to analyze all of the collected data without needing to involve or wait on the IT team, thus providing fast answers and insights. The ease of use, “drag-and-drop” functionality of Tableau eliminates the need for complex coding or specialized training to understand the product and how it can benefit users immediately. Its seamless connectivity to Sensa’s cloud-based data warehouse does all of the heavy lifting allowing users to connect to their data instantly. Insights pulled from the customized graphical depictions and visualizations can be shared between users, departments, municipalities, water districts, etc., keeping all lines of communication and information sharing open for all stakeholders.
3) Data Reports
As part of our initial implementation we will create the reports that are required and customized for each of our clients. Once these reports are created we have many ways to present this information to management, boards, environmental agencies and constituents:
- Internal Reports
- Constituent reporting to public websites
- Smart phones readable reports
- Tablet aware reports
- Web browser accessible reports
- Reports by Email to Environmental Agencies for Reporting Purposes
SensaTM was specifically developed for the management of potable water at every level and throughout the delivery process. It can capture information from any instrument sensor and can have other data inputs collected and processed by its Analytical Engine.
Water processing plants and utilities will find it extremely valuable in predicating and managing the quality of their water and the ease of which it pulls together state required reporting.
Regional and State Boards can implement and utilize SensaTM to get ahead of planning for water consumption requirements and understanding their water quality and potential issues before either impact their constituents.