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Modernizing Water Infrastructure with AI and Ultra-Long-Life Batteries

By Ariel Stern & Rafael Yaar

Protecting, preserving and enhancing our nation’s critical infrastructure demands the implementation of Infrastructure 4.0 methodology to deliver smarter and more actionable data that enhances public safety, reduces the incidence of preventable contamination and overflows, and improves management control and reporting.

Critical applications include the incorporation of data from remote field assets such as reservoirs, distribution pipelines, control valves and supply tanks and many other applications involving water, energy and transportation networks.

With rapidly aging infrastructure, a growing backlog of deferred maintenance, operational stress, and compliance reporting challenges, there needs to be a transition from centralized data management and analytics to more decentralized solutions involving embed AI on the Edge technology powered by long-life lithium batteries.

Making Infrastructure Smarter

Physical edge devices support Industrial IoT data generation and transfer using artificial intelligence (AI) pattern recognition and machine learning powers to optimize productivity, connectivity, cost efficiency and management control (i.e. SCADA) while enhancing environmental quality and providing more actionable data for improved decision-making.

These physical edge devices are typically powered by ultra-long-life industrial grade primary (non-rechargeable) lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCl2) batteries capable of supporting bi-directional wireless communications. These robust batteries are widely preferred for use in hard-to-access locations and harsh environments where the cost to replace a battery far exceeds the initial cost of the device itself.

The system design considerations are all highly interrelated, requiring comprehensive end-to-end solutions that address the following key questions:

  • Is the solution smart, intuitive, and enhance real-time decision-making?
  • Is it a comprehensive end-to-end solution that is scalable and flexible?
  • Is the data and the device cybersecure?
  • Is the ideal battery being specified?


To read the article please follow this link: https://waterfm.com/modernizing-remote-water-infrastructure-with-edge-ai-and-ultra-long-life-lithium-batteries/


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