IBM, Dutch Team Up on Water Data, Real-Time Intelligence

International Business Machines Corp. started a program with Dutch authorities to investigate how to analyze water and flood data in the Netherlands, almost a fifth of which is covered by lakes, rivers and dikes.

“The initiative will provide water experts with a real-time intelligent dashboard to harness information so it can be shared immediately across organizations and agencies,” IBM said today in a statement. Collaboration partners include an Environment Ministry office and the University of Delft, said IBM, based in Armonk, New York.

The new management system in the Netherlands, where a quarter of the land is below sea level, will address concerns ranging from drinking water quality to the increasing frequency and impact of extreme weather, IBM said. The data sources include water level monitors, levee sensors and current and historic maintenance information from sluices, pumping stations and dams.

“By modeling weather events, the Netherlands will be able to determine the best course of action including storing water, diverting it from low-lying areas, avoiding saltwater intrusion into drinking water, sewage overflows and water contamination,” the largest computer-services provider said.

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