Thames pilots real-time asset monitoring
Thames Water has engaged US management consultancy Accenture to conduct an 18-month pilot project to create a ‘single view' of its operating systems and assets using real-time data. The Smart Water pilot is intended to prove new ways of working by integrating Thames’ business systems with its operations technologies.
Accenture began conducting the pilot in September 2013 and it will run to March 2015 at various Thames Water sites, testing, monitoring and assessing the benefits of the technology integration.
Accenture says Thames Water is amongst the first movers on the intelligent use of real-time data to monitor its assets.
Accenture will implement advanced analytics capabilities, which will enable more efficient water sourcing and remote monitoring of assets such as pipes and treatment facilities. The information and data will help the utility anticipate equipment failures and respond in near real-time to critical situations such as leaks or adverse weather events.
“The convergence of a wide range of digital technologies used to manage its infrastructure will give Thames Water greater flexibility to respond to varying operating conditions, such as fluctuations in demand and changing weather patterns,” said Suleman Alli, managing director of Accenture’s UK water utilities industry group. “The company can make a step-change in its ability to manage the performance of its assets through smarter use of its existing data and systems.”
Martin Dangerfield, head of PR14 and wholesale plan at Thames Water, said: “We are committed to improving the efficiency of our operations through more intelligent data insights. This pilot will provide us with a clear framework for the benefits that can be realised. We selected Accenture to help us with this programme due to its deep understanding of our needs, expertise in systems integration and similar experience in other sectors.”
Accenture will collaborate with Space-Time Insight and TIBCO Software to deliver the Smart Water pilot for Thames Water.
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