Smart Water Symposium


394500 - A Smart Water Platform for Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s) in Lake Erie

Monday, June 4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lakeshore A
Co-Authors: Jacob Specht, Covington, KY – Global Quality Corp.; Vijay Raman, Engineer – Sayantek; Murali Singamsetty, Engineer – Sayantek; Steve Mylroie, Engineer – Roietronics

The increased nutrient loading along with other environmental factors has led to HAB’s in the Lake Erie that has disrupted drinking water distribution in the coastal cities. A solution component to that problem envisioned by the Cleveland Water Alliance included the creation of a monitoring system with software defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT). Our approach to the creation of such a monitoring system involved the integration of the following: IoT nodes with the appropriate low power wide area network (LPWAN) telemetry, edge gateways with SDN and software defined applications (SDA) with cloud-based secure orchestration, edge-based event detection capabilities, industry standard cloud-based IoT hub to capture the IoT messages and to manage the gateways, cloud-based web services to capture real-time feeds from existing monitoring networks, cloud-based storage of “Big Data” resulting from the millions of IoT devices and the existing networks, cloud-based analytics, and cloud-based modeling. Our project demonstrated the feasibility the concept with concrete implementation of the components including the development of an affordable nitrate sensor node with the low cost LoRaWAN telemetry.

Sudhir Kshirsagar

Global Quality Corp

Dr. Sudhir Kshirsagar, founded Global Quality Corp. in 1993 after a successful career at Procter & Gamble, and the firm has excelled in environmental modeling and software development under his guidance. Dr. Kshirsagar has his BS in Electronics from IIT, Kharagpur, an MS in Computer Science from IISc, Bangalore, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kshirsagar has led and
successfully completed several private and public projects in a variety of areas. He has completed projects for key federal agencies including the US Army, the US Air Force and the US EPA. He has been awarded Silver Drop (25 years of Association Membership) by the American Water Work Association.
His current focus is on the application of Cloud Technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges. He has successfully implemented key US EPA technologies such as SWMM and EPANET in a Cloud setting, integrated new environmental sensors into inexpensive long range wireless networks, and leveraged low cost platforms such as Raspberry Pi for implementing event detection using CANARY. The web-based spill travel modeling system developed under his guidance that integrates HEC-RAS with USGS BLTM model was used during April 2016 to model the Wabash River spill.


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