IBM developed a prototype “business analytics platform” that provides real-time reporting and analysis of Safe Water Network’s field initiatives in India. Working with Safe Water Network experts and its local partners, IBM brought its world-class technical expertise to the challenges of collecting reliable data on a timely basis in areas lacking skilled labor and infrastructure. The prototype was tested and refined at Safe Water Network sites in India and is now being introduced to our Ghana sites.

Remote monitoring improves system performance and lowers costs

Collecting accurate system performance is necessary to ensure water quality and control expenses. The Business Analytics Platform can support both a single water station and large clusters, providing the foundation for an effective management system that monitors hundreds of stations simultaneously.  

How it works

The remote monitoring system uploads real-time technical and purchasing information about an iJal Station through telemetry, working through a local cell phone service. This makes it possible for water stations in rural villages to be centrally monitored without a large capital outlay. Problems are quickly identified and resolved.

The remote monitoring system provides data for analysis on such metrics as usage, system performance and maintenance requirements. The financial component delivers an economic evaluation of the water station, providing the ability to analyze for example, technology choices or price and promotion strategies. This reporting also feeds into forecasting and budgeting, and provides an important audit and oversight capability. 

Ongoing Innovation

Remote monitoring is a cost-effective, efficient way of overseeing many water stations simultaneously by a qualified technician. It ensures consistent water quality and identifies potential issues before they become problems.