Smart Cities are critical to managing life saving resources

By May 12, 2017 No Comments

With the region’s urban population increasing rapidly every year, cities will need to transform their infrastructure with better digital technologies to cope with  associated challenges such as congestion, waste management, water and energy shortages and increased pollution.

Cities are having to serve increased populations with the same networks (Energy, water, transport etc)that were planned to serve populations of prior decades (maybe centuries). This no doubt is a recipe for much frustration and stress.Unfortunately as it pertains to the cities, one plus one is not always equal to two. Take water as an example; There is a significant loss of valuable portable water in the cities water networks due to leakage, ageing infrastructure, and in the not-so-few case; theft.

By implementing sensors in the water networks of the we are able to visualise and even pin-point where the biggest losses are occuring. In South Africa the average rate of non-revenue water is 35%. This means that 35% of the water received by a municipality (e.g. City of Joburg Metro) from a Water Supply Authority ( e.g. Randwater), is lost to pure the ground and pure run-off in the streets.

It is said that “water is the new oil” and that the wars of the future will be fought over this critical resource and not over gold and silver. South Africa and particularly the Western Cape region has recently suffered ( to some extent still is) the worst drought in years. The only way that the impact of this could have been avoided would be to have implemented preventative measures 10 years ago.

We should now be thinking about 10 years time and building solutions that can save future generations from the imminent catastrophe.

However, there is hope; by installing sensors in the City’s various networks we are able to see and visualise what we could not see in the past. Vula Telematix provides network connectivity to Internet of Things technologies that enable us to see better. When we can see, we can make progress.

Half to the population of Africa will be living in Cities by 2035. There’s simply not enough time