IBM plans to fight drought in California with blockchain and IoT


An IBM project will use blockchain technology and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to combat drought arriving in California, in the United States.
IBM Research explained in a press release that it has partnered with the SweetSense sensor technology company, the not-for-profit organization The Freshwater Trust (TFT) and the University of Colorado Boulder, to build a system to the underground aquifers of the territory.
The project foresees the use of IoT sensors to transmit data on water levels to satellites in orbit, which will instead deal with identifying incoming rainfall and other meteorological information. This data will be subsequently recorded on the IBM Blockchain Platform.
The main consumers of water, such as farmers, will then be able to freely access a web portal to connect to the blockchain and verify in real time the status of groundwater. Thanks to a special token, this complex sensor system will allow stakeholders to purchase and sell the region’s water resources according to their level of need.
Outside the United States, SweetSense has already implemented similar groundwater monitoring technologies in Kenya and Ethiopia, improving the lives of over one million people.


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