Cleveland Water Alliance has outfitted the Lake Erie Watershed with a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure and hundreds of IoT and LoRaWAN sensors, making it the largest digitally connected freshwater body in the world. This network of sensors provides robust, real-time data to industry, utility, agriculture, maritime, and recreational interests across the region by enhancing our ability to provide functional, streamlined solutions for monitoring water quality in ever-changing conditions.
These mechanisms enable early warning and real-time insights for industry, utility, agriculture, maritime, and recreational interests across the region by enhancing our ability to provide functional, streamlined solutions for water quality monitoring of ever-changing conditions, including dangerous winds and waves, thermal upwellings, hypoxic waters, and toxic algal blooms.
This technology gives us the following:
The Smart Lake Erie Watershed is available as a testbed for innovators of any size (multinational corporations to independent innovators) to trial, test, or demonstrate their technologies.
If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities to utilize this infrastructure, we invite you to check out our Water Accelerator Testbed Program here.
Earlier this year, Great Lakes Observing System announced a vision for a Smart Great Lakes Initiative. Their work takes the seed of the Smart Lake Erie Initiative and expands to all five great lakes in an effort to create an information ecosystem that connects the Great Lakes watershed. The Smart Lake Erie Initiative is a core part of that movement.
As the most currently connected Great Lake, we see Smart Lake Erie as a testbed for smart technology that can expand to other Great Lakes and, ultimately, to water bodies around the globe.