And, although visitors at the booth could see real solutions in the areas of smart lighting, transportation and waste management, I was still most impressed with the acoustic water leak detection. Hidden inside some very old technology is an acoustic sensor, which can listen for and detect small leaks before they become large leaks.
The technology that weaves through AT&T’s smart cities has the potential to enable large-scale water savings. Using technology to make water utilities more efficient can help to save billions of gallons of water each year. In fact, California as a whole loses as much as 228 billion gallons a year this way.
Even more exciting is that these sensors have been deployed right outside the convention center in the heart of the Las Vegas strip and could have a real impact on the water scarcity issues facing the city.
Needless to say, as I cruised back over Lake Mead on my flight home, I left Las Vegas overwhelmed by all of the cutting-edge technology I had seen, and enthusiastic about the ways in which IoT can help address the issue of water sustainability.