Redrawing the boundaries of smart water network innovation for infrastructure security, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of the V2.0 Generation of QualWatch. This revolutionary real time network water quality integrity monitoring software enables water utilities to continuously monitor and assess network water quality dynamics as they occur, helping them identify breaches in water quality integrity and build the resiliency and agility to respond with minimal disruption to protect public health. Its predictive analytics also enable water utilities to move from reporting past events to predicting future events, empowering them to foresee and pre-empt future network water quality integrity breaches.
The distribution system is a critical component of every water utility, and maintaining its water quality integrity is of paramount importance. The primary function of the system is to economically provide a safe, reliable water supply at an acceptable level of service, and its failure to do so is a serious deficiency. Breaches in water quality integrity can lead to serious contamination events and detrimental or fatal water quality episodes.
The primary strength of QualWatch is its ability to monitor real-time changes in water quality parameters (e.g., total chlorine, free chlorine, electrical conductivity, pH, total organic carbon, nitrate, chlorophyll, total dissolved solids, turbidity, oxidation-reduction potential and other parameters) and identify potential hazards fast enough to permit effective responses aimed at lessening or avoiding adverse public health and economic impacts. It makes the water quality integrity of the distribution system immediately visible through continuous monitoring and assessment of network water quality dynamics. QualWatch enables water utility operators to compare water quality data against regulatory requirements (e.g., minimum of 0.2 mg/L of free chlorine residual), either confirming normal system performance or identifying changes that fall outside normal water quality variations and the onset of anomalous water quality incidents they can evaluate and act on. The result is proactive network water quality management that ensures safety and security for all consumers.
An invaluable water security and contamination warning system, QualWatch provides continuous online monitoring of water supply and distribution networks to detect and monitor contaminants and prevent security breaches. It can analyze standard water quality data from online water quality sensors and field devices over time, then compare the data with expected values, recognize abnormal changes, and automatically compute the probability of an anomalous water quality event (potential breach in network water quality integrity via internally or externally derived contamination). The software can help detect a wide variety of chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals, and pathogens - ensuring the water infrastructure is fully protected. Armed with this power, operators can become a major force for regulatory compliance and enhanced system security.
Designed for online applications with existing SCADA systems and water quality sensors, QualWatch delivers fundamental advances in how effectively water utilities operators monitor regulatory compliance and the water quality integrity of their networks. By enabling them to take remedial action the moment breaches are detected, quickly mitigating adverse public health and economic impacts, it empowers operators to make better predictions and smarter decisions and target more effective interventions.
Easy to learn and use, QualWatch is available as a stand-alone Windows program that runs on nearly any computer or as a complementary module of IWLive. Unlike complex “software as a service” (SaaS) solutions, it can be up and running in just a few minutes within the controlled security of the utility’s local computer. It does not require historical or secondary data from external sources for comparison. At the same time, QualWatch’s unique ability to interface with network modeling and GIS enables water operators to quickly identify viable solutions (e.g., locate the appropriate valves to close to isolate a contamination event and minimize public exposure) and make decisions on the basis of reliable predictive analytics and system dynamics rather than intuition. QualWatch can also directly quantify the correlation between multiple water quality parameters, allowing accurate predictions of water quality values. These critical differences represent fundamental advances in how effectively water utility operators can monitor the water quality integrity of their networks and respond if breaches are detected, providing highly accurate early warning capabilities and maintaining the highest level of finished water quality. They also greatly enhance utilities’ ability to prepare for and respond to external contamination and minimize the risk of negative public health outcomes.
Completely redesigned, version 2.0 delivers greater usability and performance through novel adaptive learning and advanced analytics. New adaptive learning technology eliminates the need for large training data sets, and the prediction model is now automatically updated as soon as real-time data measurements become available. This technology also exhibits fast convergence speed, considered optimal in practice. New advanced analytics, presented on a real-time intelligent dashboard, allow water utility operators to harness information, gain insight, automate daily activities, quickly perform detailed statistical analyses on a wide range of water quality parameters, and develop complete network water quality compliance reports. This information can be shared immediately across the enterprise, enabling operators to make better, faster decisions designed to anticipate problems, minimize the impact of disruptions and coordinate resources more effectively. Examples of automated reporting include minimum, maximum and average chlorine residual levels in the previous day, week, month, season or year for any single location or all sensors throughout the network.
“Water utilities around the world rely on Innovyze’s best-in-class smart water network solutions to safeguard their water infrastructures and protect public health,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “By combining real-time water quality monitoring with advanced mathematical modeling and predictive analytics, QualWatch enables them to rapidly detect, track and contain the spread of contaminants throughout their systems in time to warn and protect the public. Since day one, our mission has been to share powerful product development capabilities with the smart water network modeling community and foster its expansion. The new version of QualWatch is a significant leap - one that greatly enhances these experts’ ability to enhance security and provide maximum protection to public health. It exemplifies our ongoing commitment to delivering superior value to our customers who manage, operate and sustain safe, reliable water distribution systems.”
Pricing and Availability
Upgrade to QualWatch V2.0 is now available worldwide by subscription. Subscription members can immediately download the latest version free of charge directly from www.innovyze.com. For the latest information on the Innovyze Subscription Program, visit www.innovyze.com or contact your local Innovyze Channel Partner.
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasian, East Asian and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit www.innovyze.com.
Adam J. Simonsen
Director of Marketing