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The Changing Tide: How IoT and Water Management are converging

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Each year, 126 million cubic metres of water is lost from global water management systems due to leaks, poor metering, and theft. This amounts to a loss of £29 billion per year. And it is not just a financial burden, this can have a huge and often unnecessary impact upon the environment and the world’s water supplies. 

The United Nations estimates that more than 50 per cent of the world’s population will be living in water stressed regions by 2050. Improving our water management systems is a global imperative if we are to ensure long-term widespread access to a clean and regular water supply.

Water management gets smart

Technology has begun to provide solutions to this issue. Smart water systems use IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, big data, and analytics to reduce the amount of water wasted through agricultural and manufacturing usage. They are also used to improve the efficiency of water management systems and can alert businesses if there are issues with the water supply, such as leaks or contamination. 

This isn’t new technology, but recent advances in IoT technology and cloud computing have made this a much more financially viable solution. It is now cost-effective for most organisations within water management to use smart water systems. 

As companies are placed under increasing pressure to reduce their impact on the planet, water-intensive industries such as manufacturing and agriculture have a solution that is not only environmentally conscious but also makes sense financially. 

A change for talent

When an industry undergoes a digital transformation, it can mean big changes for those working within that sector. To take advantage of IoT technology, water management companies need skilled candidates to help them implement and manage smart systems. So, what skills will businesses be looking for?

As wireless technology becomes more commonplace, there will be an increased interest in candidates who can manage physical engineering components with applications and software. The industry will need experts in cloud computing, app development, big data and data analysis. 

Security will be a big focus too – if our water systems are reliant on technology, they will be vulnerable to hacking and cyber-attacks. The industry will need to consider how to protect sensitive data from leaks and hacks, as well as maintain a steady and secure water supply. 

This might seem a bit overwhelming to candidates that are already experienced in water management, but it’s likely to be more of an opportunity than a threat. As the industry changes, candidates will get the chance to broaden their skillsets and add even greater value to their roles. 

At Murray McIntosh, we’ve worked within both the IoT and water management sectors for several years, so it’s intriguing interesting to see them converge. Internally, we are working together to determine the candidates that complement new roles in this evolving sector. For more information or to discuss your hiring needs, please get in touch. 

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