Collaboration for change
IBM collaborated with SweetSense Inc. to build an IoT network of water flow sensors in northern Kenya to support the Kenya RAPID (Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development) program by The Millennium Water Alliance. This program, funded by USAID and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, brings stakeholders and communities together to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services.
IBM Research-Africa developed a cloud-hosted Water Management platform that uses sensors to provide supply and demand patterns based on groundwater extraction data and helps water managers reduce water loss through leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies.
Today, investments in deeper, motorized boreholes
are helping to improve water security during periods of drought. IBM has instrumented
critical boreholes in
northern Kenya. When these boreholes fail, a signal is automatically sent from the flow sensor that is installed at the water point. It issues a ticket to the repair and maintenance team who can respond to the failure and repair the borehole in a timely manner. As a result, the water points can remain operational for a much longer time.
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