ICT-enabled solutions for smart management of water supply in Africa
Please cite as follows:
Nel, P. J. C., Booysen, M. J. & Van Der Merwe, B. 2014. ICT-enabled solutions for smart management of water supply in Africa, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on the use of Mobile Informations and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa UMICTA 2014, 9-10 December 2014, STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, South Africa, ISBN: 978-0-7972-1533-7.
The conference is available at http://mtn.sun.ac.za/conference2014/
See also the record http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/95703
Pervasive and ubiquitous technologies that include mobile device applications, machine to machine communications, and cloud computing, are increasingly used for cost-effective data aggregation and information dissemination. Recently, this trend has started to gain momentum in the water sector and is being used for various management and monitoring tasks, such as remote leakage detection, automated meter reading and enhanced usage feedback to water users. This paper analyses the challenges faced by various stakeholders (consumers, utilities, etc.) in the water supply industry. Application of the said technologies is then proposed to address these unique challenges and the varying data needs of all stakeholders. An example solution, with a mobile device application and supporting cloud computing solution, is developed and presented as a proof-of-concept to further illustrate the potential use of ICT for water supply management.
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