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UK water company United Utilities is in the market for control, monitoring and analytics platforms in a deals that could be worth up to £270m. In a tender document, the £1.8bn-revenue company said its ambition was "to drive digital transformation, systems thinking and improved service for our stakeholders, customers and …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Buzzword Diarrhoea

    "data and analytics democratisation as self-service is a key strategic objective"

    Definitely sounds like something to be flushed away....

    1. Korev Silver badge

      Re: Buzzword Diarrhoea

      > Definitely sounds like something to be flushed away....

      You mean pull the Blockchain?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Worth remembering, newfangled tech isn't always better, when it comes to water.

    Wolverhampton's water (Severn Trent) is pumped from a series of connected boreholes.

    Pretty sure it was either Bridgenorth/Cosford, the pumping station in question.

    Water used to be pumped from the ground using a simple fixed speed pump, that had been in place since its inception, it had been decades since it last needed maintenance. This was replaced by a newfangled variable speed pump, to supposedly save money, but the 3-phase inverters were found to last just a few months between failure.

    Something that was simple and had just worked for decades became very complex, and prone to regular failure, the inverters weren't cheap to replace either.

  3. gandalfcn Silver badge

    "Ethical insight" and United Utilities do not belong on the same page given its years of unethical practices.

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