The initiative represents an important advance which is worked since the mandate of the California State, in 2014, with the approval of a Law of Sustainable Management of Groundwater (SGMA)

Through several reports, it was known that the technological giant IBM is evaluating to execute an action plan to counteract the constant droughts that are registered in the north of California, in the United States, using Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain to monitor the information.

The most important resource for life is water and this has been, without any doubt, the most wasteful and unconsciously polluted natural resource.

Starting from the idea of ​​developing tools which will have a real impact on the conservation and sustainability of this vital natural resource, IBM has made a series of important alliances with companies, organizations and important industrial sectors to carry out significant actions that will lead humanity to a sustainable environmental future.

Since some time ago, this technological sector has looked for ways to introduce the most important advances in terms of blockchain, with the idea of ​​creating concrete solutions that can be applied to solve important ecological challenges.

In this sense, Sweetsense, a provider of sensors and research of the IBM company, made important associations, among which is: The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a non-profit organization which ensures the conservation and quality of water.

It also partnered with the University of Colorado Boulder, in charge of researching and developing blockchain and IoT technology so that it can be used in the conservation and saving of groundwater in that US state.

According to other reports, it was known that in California lies the largest and most important aquifer in the United States, which faces a significant risk. This underground water reserve is located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, in northern California.

Regarding the use that will be given to the IoT and blockchain technology to preserve and care for water, it was discovered, in the report of the respective dam, that the solution will use an IoT sensor system to record information and collect water data that will be transmitted to a satellite which is in orbit.

These functions will allow the use of techniques for predicting climate, detecting rain, and seeking to correct climate changes. The data supplied through these sensors will be stored and controlled by means of a smart blockchain platform which will be in the hands of IBM.

Through this platform, agricultural consumers, financiers, and regulatory organizations will be able to know the variations in the use and distribution of water, as well as interact and monitor using a web platform with real-time functions.

The initiative has promoted an important advance in the development of sustainable technologies. In addition, according to a press release published by TFT, it has helped create a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Northern Delta, which adds a substantial number of agencies and organizations working for the proper conservation of the important natural reservoir.

By María Victoria Rodriguez


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