Webinar: Is connectivity key for better water and energy management?

Wilo UK, will host a webinar at 2pm on Thursday 15th July that will explore whether connectivity is the key to better water and energy management.

The free webinar will include an open panel discussion, and there will also be the chance for those attending the session to ask questions.

Thursday 15th July at 2pm. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2431564882947226383

The guest speaker on the panel will be Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Kevin – who is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – has carried out extensive research into the role of technology in sustainability. Plus, he’s investigated how the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing its part in cultivating greener city life.

Kevin said: “It’s nothing new that populations are growing worldwide – the UN predicts the global population will grow to between 9.4 and 10.1 billion in 2050.*

“Today, there are 47 megacities, or cities with more than 10 million inhabitants, and this figure is always increasing. The size, population number, and complexity of these urban spaces creates many social and environmental challenges. With a correlation between the size of cities and electricity, heating, water, industrial fuel usage and waste production, it’s apparent the consumption of resources, efficiency and operational effectiveness of a megacity comes down to its infrastructure.

“Technology offers the solution to this. Smart city technologies, when implemented correctly, can scale, allowing growing populations to be serviced more easily. While a truly smart city is designed from the ground up, many cities are now integrating technologies that operate over the IoT to improve public services. Some argue the future growth of the planet’s population can only be sustained through scalable smart city technology.”

To ensure cities better accommodate growing populations, new technologies must be designed and used with resource stability and large numbers of inhabitants in mind.

Kevin said: “Issues that arise in megacities, such as air pollution and safeguarding natural resources, require multifaceted solutions because they are so complex that they’re difficult to conceptualise. As such, data collection is the first step towards understanding, and mitigating, the issues. This is where the IoT and smart sensors can play a critical role.”

Sensor-enabled devices are already helping to monitor the environmental impact of cities, collecting details about sewers, air quality, rubbish, and energy consumption. But, connected technologies can also be used to increase awareness and visibility of individual energy and resource use. Examples include smart IoT water management sensors, and smart meters.

Kevin said: “Another example of integrating technology into cities is smart lighting that only turns on in conjunction with nearby traffic or pedestrians, and rubbish bins that alert when they need to be emptied.

“Smart city technology, when implemented correctly, can scale. It can allow a larger population to be serviced more easily. And there’s an argument that the future growth of the planet’s population can only be sustained through scalable, smart city technology.”

But Kevin points out issues can arise when a city relies on a central technological hub to control its core infrastructure. Already, many cities have been paying large amounts when subjected to ransomware attacks.

He said: “Smart cities will happen. Pilots in many aspects of smart cities are being rolled out around the world. No one city can claim to be smart, but pockets of many cities’ infrastructure are becoming smart.”

David Williamson, Building Services Director at Wilo UK, will also be on the panel for the webinar. He will discuss how the company is using technology and smart connected products to help businesses become more sustainable.

David said: “At Wilo, we use innovative solutions, smart products and individual services to move that vital element: water. Pumps and pump systems are an elementary component of critical infrastructures.

“Our company makes a clear stand on climate protection, energy and resource efficiency, and digital transformation. Together with our international network partners, we promote future-oriented, climate-friendly solutions.”

Wilo is always looking for new opportunities to enhance efficiency using innovative communications interfaces, sensor technology and smart control elements.

David said: “The pump is at the heart of any HVAC so understanding how it’s operating not only gives you performance data on the pump, but on the system as a whole. We can help customers better understand the base load as well as the peak load of systems, as well as measure their portfolio of sites to see where they’re wasting energy. Plus, vibration data can be used to monitor pumps, so potential problems can be identified and dealt with before they happen.

“Connected products offer a vital insight into how systems are performing and the level of detailed monitoring means customers can make measurable changes to reducing their water and energy usage.”

Wilo UK and Kevin Curran will be hosting a webinar on the topic ‘Is connectivity key for better water and energy management?’ on Thursday 15th July at 2pm. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2431564882947226383

For more information on Wilo UK, please visit: wilo.com/gb/en/

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