Syracuse, NY, Tests Technology that Predicts Water Main Breaks

The Internet of Things and predictive data analytics are two of 2016’s most intriguing technologies, because they foreshadow our vision of the future. The idea that lightweight sensors, placed anywhere, and the data they generate can create a more accurate understanding of the environment holds great promise for concepts that just decades ago were considered fantasy. Knowing where lead poisoning might occur next, where a bomb might go off, or which pipe is ready to burst marks a huge advance in data science.When Bloomberg Philanthropies began its Innovation Teams program in 2011, the idea was to support new ideas, methodologies and technologies that government was interested in, but couldn’t necessarily afford. The i-team initiative now has 20 participating cities, and has resulted in breakthrough work like New Orleans’ drive to…


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