operational efficiency

Musings on the unique blend of AI and water
11/28/2018
Manufacturing’s End Game in the Artificial Intelligence Journey
The other day someone asked me, “When it comes to Artificial Intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), when will enough be enough?” A great deal of hype accompanies emerging technologies, particularly when they hold such promise. That’s why researchers from Gartner created their hype cycle, a representation of the true risks and opportunities during phases of a technology’s journey, a tool that businesses can use to make objective and better decisions. Yes, there is a lot of grandiose…
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06/05/2018
Influent Flow Forecasting Made Easy
Like the wastewater industry, most food and beverage manufacturing facilities are equipped with massive data systems to monitor and optimize the wide range of operations. These similarly regulated industries are increasingly adopting Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) into their processes to better manage systems and procedures. Though many water industry professionals recognize the potential of A.I., the public health implications of delivering top-quality wastewater in addition to aged production infrastructure, municipal operators and engineers have not yet enjoyed the same benefits of…
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03/23/2018
Highlights from the 2018 Membrane Technology Conference
Back in March, I attended the opening day of the AWWA & AMTA Membrane Technology Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida to meet Pluto customers. I wanted to learn more about the challenges facing them and explore the new processes and solutions being employed to meet those challenges. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote address given by Water for People CEO, Eleanor Allen. Her speech offered a glimpse into the progress made through collaborative partnerships of social entrepreneurs around…
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11/22/2016
Deep Learning and the Water Industry
For years, the water industry has been thought of as a slow moving sector that’s resistant to change. This makes it difficult for startups to come up with creative solutions and iterate on them quickly. Water utilities are filling up with new, vast amounts of data that can be utilized to create unforeseen jumps in operational efficiencies and margins. But it’s difficult for startups to build and test solutions because the water industry doesn’t want to change its status quo.…
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