Internet of Things

Smart systems bring enhanced control over water resources data.

Efficient and optimised management through precise use of information

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings continuous and dynamic processes to water quality monitoring. ADASA is specialised in water monitoring and our smart water devices offer the best use of big data to create smart, intelligent management systems.

We use IoT sensors to gather real-time information and quality reports covering a plethora of applications, including:

  • Environmental monitoring of lakes, rivers and seawater.
  • Quality of domestic running water.
  • Spills and effluent, using real-time monitoring to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Ensure healthy growth of aquatic creatures at aquaculture centres.
Representative image of the internet of things applied to water management

IoT sensors can also calculate the ideal irrigation scheme for farmers to keep crops in prime condition (smart irrigation). Data on plants, water status and the weather forecast are combined to ensure the use of the optimal water quantity to bring the best nutritional value and highest yield.

Water management and distribution networks use IoT devices to identify pipe or connection damage immediately, as well as the prediction of potential failures. This prevents leakage and wastage, reduces emergency maintenance costs and eases the management of water resources. Accurate water consumption measurements reveal consumption patterns and inefficiencies in networks, promoting reduction in water use.

Low-cost IoT meters can provide significant cost advantages over traditional meter reading and dramatically improve the management of water resources. By deploying and monitoring thousands of low-cost sensors around infrastructure, information can be analysed to ensure user compliance, enforce adherence environmental standards and promote better decision-making. It also bolsters public confidence in resource management and the quality of recreational and swimming waters.

IoT sensors use the MQTT protocol to connect, using an extremely lightweight network with a small code footprint with minimal network bandwidth, ideal for connecting remote devices. Data can be shared publicly or privately; small data overheads lead to the fast exchange of information, ideal for IoT applications. MQTT is supported by cloud services via a provider such as Microsoft, Google or Amazon, making it easy to connect large quantities of data and integrate with third-party applications.

ADASA advises on the best smart set-up and software to harness the power of the Internet of Things for water resource management.


  • Improved, preventive maintenance through analysis of big data, acting before disruptions occur.
  • Reduce costs thanks to early detection of network damage.
  • Reduction in Non-Revenue Water.
  • Identify inefficient consumption patterns.
  • Increase crop yield and decrease costs while contributing to environmental sustainability.
  • Early detection of spillages and leaks.
  • Better practice, e.g. improved understanding of aquatic ecosystems.

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