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Rain or Shine: Resilience Needs a Little More Attention
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Both floods and droughts impact water systems, and water providers are focused on hardening their systems to withstand these natural events, as well as manmade threats. Are water utilities doing the right things to drive toward resilience?
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Advanced technologies have the potential to profoundly change the face of mining forever
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The digital revolution is happening. Advanced technologies that blend hardware and software with Big Data – a combination of automation, Wi-Fi sensor technologies, cloud-based systems and data analytics – have the potential to profoundly change the face of mining forever.
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Water Utilities Urged to Exploit Data, Use Less Guesswork
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Data is changing the game in the infrastructure space, giving operators better oversight of their assets without needing to religiously follow the manufacturer's maintenance bible.
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Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water?
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How can water utilities and those entrusted to oversee them do more, sometimes with less, to mitigate against mega-storms already proven to outmatch legacy conveyance and storage strategies?
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From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero"
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From scarcity in South Africa to flood control in the United States, many believe that a smarter infrastructure, with data at its core, will be key to overcoming the many threats to our water supply.
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Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources
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Water and wastewater plant operators are embracing "master plans" meant to optimize their energy use, which unlike labor and chemical costs is something they can influence.
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The Data to Water Connection
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The 2019 Water Report explores the issues and complexities impacting today's water landscape. Water remains a challenge for far too many communities around the globe.
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Advances in Mobility & Data Promise to Transform the Future of Mining
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Today’s mining industry has reason to be optimistic, with the global appetite for increased connectivity, mobility, smart infrastructure and low-emissions transportation driving demand for metal resources. Following the adage, “If it is not grown, it is mined,” the mining sector is playing a starring role in building this futuristic society of tomorrow by providing steel for driverless cars, copper for mobile devices, and lithium, nickel, cobalt and vanadium for batteries.
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Tech-Blazing 5G
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5G could propel digitalization across industries, but making this jump requires technology trailblazing. While technology selection and construction could vary greatly among carriers, there are five technologies that are getting a lot of 5G buzz.
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Telecommunications Infrastructure is the Key Enabler of Connected Communities
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The cyber and real worlds are profoundly linked in a connected community, which is why communities are developing their foundational digital infrastructure as a first step.
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Is the Energy Market Finally Ready For DER?
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Similar to the way that music services like Spotify and YouTube give artists a platform to share and monetize their product without the oversight of a record company, a DER marketplace can have the same impact on our electric grid.
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Whole-Systems Modernization: A Data-Driven Approach to Asset Performance Management
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Driven by a desire for increased monitoring, control and automation, improved reliability and efficiency, and a need to integrate DER, utilities are working to bring a massive new array of assets online in the distribution space.
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How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services?
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Understanding key industry priorities and investment drivers can help stormwater utility managers balance the diverse and complex financial, regulatory and community needs involved in stormwater management.
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Private Wireless Networks: Catalysts for Grid Modernization
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The electric grid is undergoing the most significant transformation in its history, with digital technologies and devices being pushed to the edge to support dynamic, two-way power requirements in real-time while also ensuring reliability, efficiency and security.
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NERC CIP Low-Impact Compliance Drives Opportunity to Improve Operational Technology Security
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According to DHS, U.S. utilities face down millions of attempted cyberattacks every day. Recognizing the threat these attacks pose to the national power grid, federal regulators actively are working to strengthen protections.

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