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Building the internet of water

Sensor nodes that measure the water flow, soil moisture, rainfall and other rapidly changing storm predictors.| Short Read

Developing technologies to make environmental information more easily accessible is how Assistant Professor Branko Kerkez’s team of UM researchers plan to create a smarter water system out of existing infrastructure.

Sensor nodes that measure the water flow, soil moisture, rainfall and other rapidly changing storm predictors are being installed along a three square mile local water catchment. With the data being posted in real time over the internet, Kerkez hopes this can someday be paired with sensors on waste water pipes designed to redirect and reuse excess water flow into less impacted neighborhoods.

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