Live Dashboards Put You in Control

How do you leverage millions of data points to operate your water systems efficiently and consistently? With the right insight and analytics, you can base your decisions on what’s actually happening, and what will happen, to run your system more effectively.

The Challenge

Transform Data into Actionable Insights

Are you on track to meet your KPIs? Are your pumps performing as expected? What do you need to keep an eye on as you go through any major operational change? Which part of your system do you need to pay attention to – are there leaks or water quality issues? And, are you spending too much time creating reports? 

Screenshot from Info360, showing SCADA data
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The information you need to answer questions like these can be provided by dashboarding and reporting software. It picks out information from sensors, meters, weather, water quality, customer service, and asset management systems, and presents it in a usable, shareable format. It needs to be readily customizable, ideally in a few clicks, as everyone’s job is different.

 

Visualizing data was once a specialist task that could take many hours. Now you can see immediately what’s going on and take appropriate action.

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Info360 consolidates all our key performance indicator measures and hydraulic and water quality data on a dashboard, giving us even faster real-time visualization of our water asset performance. We can now quickly access, analyze and drill down through a wealth of information for more effective data-driven decision-making and business process optimization in dynamic situations.

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The Solution

  • Analysis You Can Read At a Glance

    Good analytics software displays relevant information about your organization, water networks, and consumers using clear graphs and charts. It doesn’t require coding or spreadsheet skills. The types of dashlets you choose to make up your dashboard could include:

    • Dynamic maps of DMAs, pressure zones, or all of your network, with custom color coding and labeling of locations of strategic data points
    • Time-series line graphs, showing data from sensors such as pressure loggers, depth gauges, flow meters, rain gauges, SCADA telemetry, and water quality sensors
    • Weather forecasts
    • Bar charts of the volumes of water supplied from the reservoirs and wells available
    • Pump efficiency curves – for example, this one, for two identical pumps at a pumping station, alerted an operations manager instantly to an anomaly that could then be addressed. In another case, Info360 revealed that a pump had been wrongly set up and modeled, enabling both to be corrected
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  • Get Insight From Multiple Data Streams

    Water organizations collect a large amount of information. Usually the storage is fragmented, with the result that it doesn’t get used. Dashboarding and reporting tools can transform this data to actionable insight.

    Info360 from Innovyze collects and analyzes any time series data – SCADA, sensors, and even business data such as aggregated billing information. For example, no single sensor can give you a live pump curve to tell you how efficient a pump is, compared to how it was designed to perform – and therefore whether it would be cheaper to replace the pump than continue to run it. Info360 can combine data on upstream pressure, downstream pressure, and flow, to create a live pump curve. It puts you in a better position to make the right capital expenditure decisions.

    Screenshot showing pump curve
  • Check the Bottom Line

    Non-revenue water (NRW) and pumping energy are often the most significant operational costs in the water business. With NRW, all the energy spent on moving it through the system is lost before it reaches customers.

    Water loss is typically calculated using mass balance – the difference between inflow and outflow for the whole system or individual pressure zones (DMAs).

    Dashboards can help. With Info360, you can quickly configure its Mass Balance tool for your network by dragging and dropping simple icons. It automatically pulls in the data from the relevant sensors and performs the pre-configured mathematical functions required. It runs on your live data and shows results, highlighting anything that needs your attention, such as unexpected water losses in a zone, narrowing down where the problems are – so your maintenance crews know where to head for. It also helps you prioritize maintenance and capital improvement.

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  • Be In The Know, Wherever You Are

    Browser-based tools mean you can check your KPIs (for measures such as system reliability, NRW, billed usage, energy costs, conservation, and more) and share reports on the move. Whether you’re in the office or in the field, you can stay informed and in control.

    With Info360 you don’t need to keep checking the numbers. You can set alerts, so you’ll get a text or email when a threshold is reached, enabling you to act. If you’ve got a burst, anomalous readings and alerts will provide an early warning, and you can dispatch your maintenance teams sooner – so you’re able to deliver the right service levels and reduce complaints. Info360 updates screens automatically in real time, keeping you abreast of developments.

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  • Reporting at the Frequency You Need

    How did your network perform yesterday? Last week? The last time there was prolonged cold weather? Reporting tools that access your historian database provide answers immediately, to highlight anomalies that need investigation.

    Info360 can do all of this, plus useful analysis like superimposing on a single graph the pump performance for today (green) compared to last year (orange) and to the manufacturer’s curve (blue). This gave one water district an instant indication of performance degradation and how the pump was moving towards the end of its useful life.

    You can also connect Info360 to your hydraulic model. Feed in your model’s predictions and you can check the model vs actuals as the day plays out; or use the model to simulate the status at a point in the network without a sensor.

  • Configure Reports to Fit Your Need

    Most Info360 users like their dashboards so much that they paste screenshots into their reports. They arrange their dashboards to show the information they need both day-to-day and for reporting.

    Info360 can also generate fully configurable reports, giving you even more options for how your data is visualized and presented.  These reports can be automatically generated on any desired timeframe to satisfy reporting for management, regulations, compliance, and other purposes.

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When you look for a dashboards and reporting solution, check that the software you’re considering:

  • Is built out-of-the-box for water and wastewater utilities
  • Is fully configurable via a browser (allowing anywhere access)
  • Can integrate with your hydraulic models
  • Is easy to share with others in your utility or company
  • Generates attractive, clearly presented graphs and graphics, that automatically refresh
  • Has built-in analytics
  • Makes report-writing quicker and less hassle

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