Siemens proudly announces its expanded support of The Water Tower by becoming a sustaining partner. This is an extension of its founding member partnership, which helped shape the Gwinnett County, Georgia-based water innovation center. As a sustaining partner, Siemens will sponsor The Water Tower’s Control Center, a state-of-the-art learning and demonstration center for automation and digital technologies.
The Control Center allows visitors to experience the physical and digital worlds side by side. It is an evolving platform that will be expanded as new and innovative technologies are developed for the water and wastewater industries.
“With the vast amount of process data collected and the ability to rapidly analyze this data, digitalization of water and wastewater plants has become more common,” said Jack Roushey, Siemens Water Industry Manager. “We can see this digital transformation in many different ways across a treatment facility, including in asset management, power management, remote monitoring and leak detection. Our new platform is an excellent way to demonstrate how digitalization can help a plant operate more efficiently.”
The first phase of the Control Center includes a digital twin simulation of a wastewater plant, a remote monitoring demonstration system and a complete control system training module connected to hardware in order to physically demonstrate the management of a pump drive. Several digital applications will also be available to illustrate how data can be used to help operators make better-informed decisions.
“This is a dynamic and adaptable platform that will offer a place to demonstrate how data, machine learning and artificial intelligence can be used in water and wastewater treatment facilities,” said Roushey. “As The Water Tower continually grows, we plan to continue to build and grow this platform along with it.”
“We’re excited that Siemens is extending their support of The Water Tower by transitioning from a Founding Partner to a Sustaining Partner,” said Melissa L. Meeker, CEO of The Water Tower. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with a focus on digital technologies to bring leading-edge solutions to utilities across the country.”
The state-of-the-art Water Tower campus, which launched in September 2019, offers a mix of research, technology demonstration, training, and public outreach facilities. The Water Tower has set out to solve regional and industry-wide problems via relevant applied research and development by providing access to assets in Gwinnett County including labs, pump stations, treatment plants, and distribution and collection systems.
Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The Water Tower is a new breed of innovation center providing answers to a multitude of complex challenges facing the water industry through an integrated approach to applied research, technology innovation, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement. With its mission to be a thriving ecosystem of water innovation fueled by imagination, informed by research, and powered by pioneers, The Water Tower is especially invested in helping utilities devise strategies to benefit from digital advancements in water supply and quality. For more information visit www.theh2otower.org