Water's Digital Future: The outlook for monitoring, control and data management systems

  • Published: September 30th, 2016
  • Author: Global Water Intelligence
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Water's Digital Future: The outlook for monitoring, control and data management systems


The water and wastewater industry is in transition to a digital revolution that has the potential to transform the industry from innovations such as the internet of things and machine learning.

Big data is changing the face of the water industry, and the management of data-driven monitoring and control systems will increasingly infiltrate every part of the water business. Driven by continued water quality regulations and the need to improve process efficiencies and optimise system performance, there has been an increased uptake of monitoring and control systems that are able to detect changes in real-time. 

In the future data-feeds and cognitive computing could govern water management and inform every decision in the municipal and industrial sectors. It is critical for every company working in the water space to understand how this reality will impact future operations and opportunities in the water industry.

These smarter water projects cover the full breadth of the industry from Engineering firms advising their clients on strategy and procurement; IT giants with data management solutions to mainstream water equipment and systems suppliers facilitating data-enabled products; and specialist software companies addressing important niche performance issues. This report an essential resource for chemical and equipment suppliers, EPC contractors and consultants as well as data management, communication and software companies.

Key Features

The report has a global approach but focuses in on the markets with the best prospects and the most activity, so you can capitalise on growth in these regions ahead of your competitors. The potential of water monitoring and control systems and data analytics is multifaceted, and this report will therefore show who is active in the market and what they are doing, helping you to identify possible partners. 

This report includes:

  1. Market dynamics - The monitoring & control sector is incredibly fragmented; this report is an essential tool for devising strategies to collaborate with key industry players in order for solutions to be developed most effectively.
  2. Market Players - we identify the market players, so you can find your potential partners or competitors and plan your market entry with the right solution
  3. Market drivers and trends - – the report highlights the key emerging developments and innovations, helping you to effectively pitch your solution and support it with a strong business case 
  4. Industrial Market and Municipal Market Analysis - identify the existing prospects for your solution and pinpoint opportunities to develop your product and partner with other businesses. See key industries covered


This report outlines the major opportunities available to players in the different layers of monitoring and control systems. There is an increasing demand for these systems to identify when an issue has occurred, determine where in a network or treatment system a problem is, and effectively predict when a problem is likely to occur in order for preventative measures to be taken. This reports shows the gaps in the market, what is motivating the end user to invest in a solution and how the solution provider can access the market.

  • Leakage management – In line with ageing infrastructure, utilities in many parts of the world face the challenge of reducing non-revenue water to minimise water and revenue losses from their networks. The adoption of more intelligent monitoring and control solutions is a key way in which this can be achieved.
  • Reducing pollution events - during periods of high rainfall, cities with combined sewer systems are at risk of having serious water pollution issues caused by overflow events. Being able to rapidly react or prevent these CSO events forms another major opportunity for monitoring and control systems.
  • Asset management – Monitoring and control systems can ensure the optimal operation of treatment plants and networks, and find ways to maximise the lifetimes of these assets. 
  • Process economisation –utilities and industrial end-users alike are constantly striving to make savings in processes- being able to run a system at its most optimal state provides economic benefits in terms of energy reduction and lower chemical usage.
  • Increased automation – being able to save the amount of time that it takes for a problem to be dealt with in a treatment plant or network is a huge opportunity that monitoring and control systems can fill. This, together with a reduction of in-house expertise surrounding water management and the fact that end-users want to be able to focus fully on their core processes, is driving the uptake of more automated solutions that reduce human involvement.
  • Integrated solutions and partnerships- understand how different elements of the market interlink, how it can work effectively with other companies’ offerings and devise strategies to collaborate with key industry players in order for solutions to be developed most effectively. 

Key Sectors


  • Upstream O&G
  • Refining & Petrochemicals
  • Mining
  • Power
  • Microelectronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food & Beverage
  • Pulp & Paper


  • Drinking water treatment plants
  • Water distribution networks
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Wastewater networks

What systems will be covered and why:

  • Sensors/meters – both water quality sensors and flow/pressure sensors
  • Data management/analysis
  • Automation & control systems
  • Laboratory/field testing

Regions covered:

  • North America
  • Latin America/Caribbean
  • Europe/Central Asia
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East/Africa

Market Forecasts

Spending on monitoring & control systems:

By region

  • North America
  • Latin America/Caribbean
  • Europe/Former Soviet Union
  • East Asia/Pacific
  • Southern Asia
  • Middle East/Africa

By sector

  • Utility networks
  • Utility treatment plants


  • Upstream oil & gas
  • Refining & petrochemicals
  • Power generation
  • Mining
  • Food & Beverage
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Microelectronics
  • Other

By application

  • Networks/Environment
  • Water treatment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Industrial processes

By category

  • Sensors/meters
  • Laboratory/field testing equipment
  • Data management/analysis
  • Automation & control systems

By parameter

  • Flow/pressure
  • Temperature
  • Water quality
  • Suspended solids
  • Dissolved solids
  • Oil & grease
  • pH/Oxidation reduction potential
  • Total organic carbon
  • Residual disinfectants
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Microbiological
  • Other


Who should read this report?

Equipment suppliers in the physical layer (pumps, valves, pipes etc): This report will help you identify the regions that are either building or improving infrastructure and understand how the control and monitoring market is developing in order to ensure that the equipment meets those requirements.

Communication companies: Understand and evaluate the communication challenges that utilities and industrial plant operators face to provide improved communication protocols and plan your partnerships with other businesses in the smart architecture to improve your offering.

Data analytics/management companies and Software companies: – data will increasingly need to be used not only for diagnostics but also for more complex predictive and prescriptive analytics, offering an opportunity for the most forward thinking companies in selling their solutions.

System integrators: the report offers a complete view of the current and future market trends, to match your customer needs with technologies and bring together components to get the most efficient systems in place.

Investors and consultants: – understand market drivers, technology trends and regional developments, so you can assess the technology companies that offer investment potential or advise your clients on how to expand their business.

Utilities, Industrial and Municipal end-users: Understand which control & monitoring systems will be shaping asset management practices in the future. The report investigates technologies and systems that detect changes in real-time, enabling immediate and predictive responses in utility and industrial sectors. This will assist with leakage management, reducing pollution events, asset management, process economisation and increase automation.

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