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Archive for May, 2016

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Shifting Populations Demand New Innovative Water Systems for the Future

Written by Janette F. Kennedy

owc5.26A new trend is emerging in the United States. From 2010-2015 the United States has seen a continued shift in migration—rural to urban. Rural population growth from net migration peaked in 2006, and then began to decline quickly as it shifted geographically in response to rising unemployment, housing-market challenges, energy sector developments, and other factors.

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You Think Consumer IoT Is Big? Think Again: The Coming Age of Industrial IoT

Written by Mark Modzelewski

OWC_5.18The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) is a blip, a tiny speck on the tech landscape when compared to the behemoth of the Industrial Internet. Smart tape measures, smart socks, smart dog collars, smart beds—dumb hype. While one can be stoked about the convenience of using your phone to unlock the front door or dim the lights for a wild evening of Netflix and Courvoisier with your significant other, the Industrial IoT world will literally be the backbone for civilization.

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2016 Water Financial Acquisitions

Written by Erik Hromadka

Water Financial AcquisitionsThe water sector should be paying attention to two announcements this month in regard to significant deals that indicate growing investor interest in the 2016 “smart water” space.

The acquisition of Opower (NYSE: OPWR) by Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) is a clear move by a major tech company into the utility sector; an area with great potential for innovation and some significant challenges in terms of culture and willingness to embrace change.

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