Navigating the Innovation Gap: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

July 27, 2017 Sara Audisho

Over the past month, we’ve been looking at advances in urban innovation – some big, some small. All equally crucial. 

Revolutionizing the urban space isn’t just about making resources more accessible and making city layouts more sensible (though this deserves a massive gold star). It also needs to be about sustainability.

Creating long-term sustainable solutions in all walks of life is inevitable. Unless you’ve lived under a rock over the last decade (no judgment here, the world is a crazy place), green development is the future. Heck, it’s the now.

We’ve done a darn good job at expending the natural resources we have. So much so that now we have to get incredibly inventive and diligent about preserving the stuff we have left. Software provider TaKaDu is trying to do just that.

Based in Israel, TaKaDu has received a nod from the World Economic Forum (WEC) as being an innovative leader in resource management. Just like our phone developers, the provider has engineered a cloud-based event management service that monitors water systems for faulty assets, leaks, bursts, telemetry and data issues, operational failures and much more.

The software also collects and analyzes data for municipalities to use, and to communicate with one another to increase operational efficiency and water loss reduction. The company reports that where the software has been implemented, water loss has been reduced as much as 30%, and the average repair cycle has been reduced by as much as 60%.

Winner of WEC’s Tech-Pioneer Award and having become a Harvard Business School case study, TaKaDu’s software, and programs like it, have become the next necessary step for cities everywhere. It's what they need to have a far better understanding of what’s happening with their water supply, and where they can make changes to preserve and serve its constituents better.

TaKaDu’s home base is a perfect testing ground – Israel and the Levant have a long, tumultuous record of water management, and in recent years have experienced historically bad shortages. There’s no better time to implement water management software than now.

It’s never that simple, of course. A software program cannot supplant effective infrastructure or settle political tensions that lead to resource waste. But it’s a big step in the right direction of exercising our innovative muscles for the greater good.

In tandem with companies like Intersection and Sidewalk Labs – which are getting to work to address shortcomings in infrastructure, city planning, social goods distribution, and more – tech companies like TaKaDu can shape their cities in ways just as important.

Yet another example of how digital can help the physical. Let's get fixing those leaky taps, shall we?

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