• 13-JUN-2014

IBM collaboration harnesses power of Big Data to help manage complex watersheds

A new data integration platform for watershed management built by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in collaboration with IBM [IBM:NYSE] is helping researchers, urban planners and others develop more sophisticated tools to predict floods, safeguard the drinking water supply and forecast the impact of growth and urbanization on vital ecosystems.

This first-in-Canada platform assimilates 600 data points per hour, streaming from more than 120 sensors installed within 80 square kilometers of watershed that nourishes urban, agriculture and forested land along the Grand River, the largest inland river system in southern Ontario.