Big Data, Technology and Water Innovation
Will Sarni writes on how information and communication technology is driving water innovation- new ways to better manage water resources. Project proposals that deploy and test these ideas are most welcome!
The Fund has invested heavily in these innovations over the past few years. Water innovation, especially those that use ICT tactics, is a core strategy for us at the Great Lakes Protection Fund. For example, some of our portfolio teams:
- have created ways for machines to automatically manage their emission footprint, beginning with pump operations in water supply systems;
- are designing automatic dairy feeding systems to manage the impact of nutrients from manure; and
- are creating “smart mobs” of water management tools–linking the operation of rain barrels, sump pumps and in-sewer storage systems to one another.
Check out Will’s piece on Green Biz: Big Data, connectivity, remote sensing trickle down to water | GreenBiz.
We welcome conversations with teams that have even better ideas, and more audacious plans!