Driving to work this morning, I heard a story on smart water meters and how they are changing consumer behavior and the actual annual usage.
The Long Beach (Southern California) water utility announced the effectiveness of their water metering projects using an easily installed electronic device. The data collected from the device via wireless connection was monitoring water use exceeding 5 minutes in continuous duration. The utility provided consumers with reports that provided insight on the water used, when and how much. With the increasing cost of water, this program along with increasing costs for water has helped incentivize behavior modification, for example Long Beach has seen an annual decrease of 6% in water used.
The widespread use of advanced metering devices in homes and manufacturing facilities that are connected to the infrastructure support various utility resource use intelligence. The smart utility efforts have been funded by private and government resources, and even deployed under mandate in some parts of the world.
More commodities and basic daily living resources are being monitored and our awareness builds while all the details contributes to the big data explosion long discussed in IoT. These deployments also provide a meaningful use of technology to change our world.
The key concern that has risen to the top of mind is security, the connectivity enabled in end-point devices broaches very real issues that can be addressed in the device design and the connected infrastructure to secure the device and their point in the network. Preventing and mitigating potential vulnerabilities requires some extra steps that can offer reliable device operation and data transport. Read more about securing modern devices in this white paper or watch an archived webinar about developing embedded devices for IoT applications.