Technology Spotlight

What is your technology?

BLU-X is the Smart Water Platform for the Utility of the Future and is the culmination of EmNet’s previous 13 years of work building real time decision support systems (RT-DSS). The BLU-X platform has three tiers of service and functionality as follows:

  1. Light Up Your Collection System: this tier includes providing distributed sensor networks, data collection, data hosting and analytics, condition based maintenance and other data tools and applications
  2. BLU-X Your Model: create and host real time continuous models on BLU-X, running in comparison and convergence with sensor and SCADA data to unlock increased system understanding and control opportunities
  3. Operate Your Watershed like a Plant: work with EmNet to build and host coordinated RTC algorithms and controls on the BLU-X platform or integrate BLU-X with your SCADA system to implement coordinated controls.

What are the benefits to implementing your technology?
BLU-X provides unprecedented urban watershed understanding, control and dynamic optimization, achieving 5X and better cost-effective performance and resiliency improvements to legacy infrastructure.  EmNet clients have seen 5X-100X improvements in cost effective CSO/SSO mitigation strategies relative to traditional approaches, in some cases achieving hundreds of millions of dollars in CAPEX savings.  We work in deep collaboration with our clients to ensure overall system design is on point and that our clients have full ownership of it once implemented.

Example of how BLU-X visualizes real world collection system data

Has the technology been tested, demonstrated, or implemented anywhere to date?
Yes, EmNet’s work in RT-DSS has been implemented and validated in dozens of projects and applications across the country.  Most notably in South Bend, Grand Rapids, Evansville, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Kansas City.  BLU-X will allow us to scale EmNet’s work and provide value to hundreds of utilities across the U.S. and overseas.

What are some of the next steps needed to advance the technology?
EmNet is working continuously to expand and improve the tools and applications on the BLU-X platform.  One of our more recent advancements is our Cognitive Modeling application that trains models with months or years of sensor data to build high resolution, highly accurate models that can run in real time for coordinated control and other operations objectives.

How has LIFT helped, or how can LIFT help?
We’re really just getting started with LIFT.  Going through the LIFT Link application process has helped us refine and improve our messaging for EmNet and the BLU-X platform.  We look forward to our ongoing engagement with LIFT and bringing our work and technology to the Clean Water Industry.

For more information please see BLU-X’s LIFT Link profile page: (3/2/17: temporarily down for editing)