In 2015, we built the first cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform for China’s water industry. Setting up an innovation lab in collaboration with IBM China, we linked thousands of IoT devices being deployed along rivers, reservoirs, fish farms and other bodies of water.

David Fu, CTO, RichWay Technology Development Co.

Business Challenge

RichWay monitors water levels on rivers across China. To protect the integrity of water resources, the company monitors bodies of water for dangerous activities, including pollution, illegal fishing and sand mining. And to help marine farms in the East and South China Seas keep their fish healthy, RichWay is on guard to protect against the invasion of exotic species and determine the health of the farmed species.


To better position itself to take advantage of the burgeoning demand for water monitoring services in China, RichWay engaged IBM Software Services to develop the first revenue-generating cloud platform in China’s water resource management sector. The solution, which uses cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) and deep learning technologies, helps local agencies manage water supplies more efficiently by providing real-time analysis and alerts on water levels and water conditions.

Solution Component

  • AI/Watson
  • Other