Key data that affects the sewage treatment process will be collected to create big data sets that the AI system can analyse in real time and use to automatically manage the water quality.
Seoul has announced plans to transform the city’s four wastewater treatment centres into artificial intelligence (AI)-based “intelligent water reuse centres” to help save on personnel time and reduce operational costs. To this end, an automated sewage treatment system will be introduced in the South Korean capital by 2030.
Key data that affects the sewage treatment process will be collected to create big data sets that the AI system can analyse in real time and use to manage the water quality. automatically.
Seoul anticipates that once the system is automated, the efficiency and transparency of the sewage treatment will be maximised, delivering greater systemised quality control.
Presently, water recycling centres are fully managed by human workers who have to sift through and analyse the data manually for each of the treatment centres before determining what to do next.
To create the intelligent water reuse centres, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) said it will establish related smart infrastructures in three stages, beginning this year.
The initial stage (June 2021 – August 2022), will see SMG construct the integrated database infrastructure, a central surveillance system, and a remote monitoring system.
“By adopting the AI-based automated system in four water reuse centres in Seoul, we aim to take a leap towards a city with intelligent centres”
The integrated database infrastructure is a server that collects and saves necessary data for the surveillance and management of the whole sewage treatment process. The central surveillance system gathers the data collected from the four centres and keeps a watch on it in one place.
Until now, it was difficult to compare the entire data as each centre operated a disconnected control system.
Meanwhile, the remote monitoring system will allow personnel to see and manage the entire sewage treatment status through tablet PCs and smartphones regardless of where they are as well as respond to emergency situations more rapidly.
The new system is also expected to reduce energy consumption and help minimise greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down unnecessary operating of machines.
The SMG will advance the system in the second stage (2023-2027) and complete building the intelligent water reuse centres by developing an application programme in the third stage (2028-2030).
“By adopting the AI-based automated system in four water reuse centres in Seoul, we aim to take a leap towards a city with intelligent centres,” said Han Yu-Seok, director general of the Water Circulation Safety Bureau.
“We are looking forward to optimised quality control with the maximised efficiency of sewage treatment operations.”