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Partnership pursues integrated water communications solutions with focus on smart cities

SAN DIEGO, CA, July 2, 2014 -- A collaboration among Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., CH2M HILL and the City of Cincinnati is underway to develop sustainable connectivity solutions that leverage machine to machine (M2M) cellular technologies in order to help water utilities improve water quality, receive reliable information and manage water resources in the city of Cincinnati.

Providing a safe, reliable water supply is one of the critical drivers of health and economic success, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), global water consumption has tripled in the past 50 years, creating one of the most critical natural resources constraints in the world.

The City of Cincinnati awarded CH2M HILL a Water Technology Innovation project to design and implement an Integrated Water Connectivity Solution for sustainable water resource management. The solution will enable Cincinnati to collect actionable information from its water system in a timely manner to improve water quality and facilitate the management of its water resources. 

"This technology being implemented by Cincinnati will serve as a model for other U.S. utilities looking to invest in water resources for economic and environmental benefits," said Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions director. "While there are many potential solutions that can address water infrastructure challenges in the United States, introducing new technologies, such as machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in our water and environmental systems, will transform the water industry and give utilities, like Cincinnati, a powerful tool to collect, process and analyze what is happening throughout their water systems."

The Integrated Water Connectivity Solution currently under development in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies was showcased at the SmartAmerica Expo, a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow project held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Source: Water World

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