A recent press release states, “Using the latest Artificial Intelligence technology, breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants is bringing unprecedented insight into residential and industrial water usage. This first of its kind technology, named AquaML, combines state-of-the-art machine learning technology with a single, low-cost pressure sensor. The simple, trained system can differentiate between different water-using devices being used in a home or premises, generating water usage data from each, and providing the ‘data disaggregation’ that utilities and building service managers have long demanded. AquaML further demonstrates Cambridge Consultants’ talent for moving machine learning beyond research and into real-life, physical projects that can impact millions of lives.”
The release continues, “Water is a hugely valuable commodity but its scarcity is increasing in many regions of the world, and the problem will only worsen. The OECD project that world water demand will increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050, and by 2060, Singapore’s total water demand could almost double. Singapore is at the front line of water innovation, and has become a globally renowned hub for technology partnerships as it seeks to guarantee its own water security. One of the central challenges facing the water industry is in understanding exactly how water is being used once it has been delivered to customers’ premises. Access to detailed usage information will unlock new insight, helping utilities to plan for future demand. Improved measurement will enable greater control, while waste from leaks, drips and misuse can be detected and minimized to improve efficiency. All of this is made possible by a single sensor and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms.”
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