Thanks to IBM, Lake George has become the most connected lake in the world

Recently, thanks to IBM, Lake George, in New York State, has become the most connected lake in the world. This is because IBM is involved in a scientific project of great magnitude: the Jefferson project.

This project aims to study and model the impact of various factors (weather, pollution, invasive fauna and flora) on the lake. To achieve this, a very large amount of data will be recorded through sensors set out in and around the lake. The project will not only protect Lake George but also other lakes and bodies of fresh water around the globe.

lake george By using Big Data and the data collected during the experiment, scientists and conservationists will soon be able to find out when the weather, pollution, and the arrival of invasive species are likely to impact on the condition of the lake and in what way. The experiment will establish new best practices that will help to protect lakes all around the world.

The Jefferson project brings together IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George. In all, sixty researchers from all over the world have come together to work on the project and use the results offered by the Internet of Things. Indeed, a very wide range of sensors, all incredibly sophisticated and even including submarines with sonar sensors, have been deployed as part of the project.

Tests were carried out on the specially developed programmes and on the solar battery systems of certain sensors that are difficult for the scientists to access. Consequently, scientists have access to much more accurate results than they have been able to get until now. IBM Research has been able to create and improve predictive models based on currents, weather patterns, water flows from the surrounding mountains, and so forth.

Some initial discoveries have already been made: for example, scientists have discovered the existence of a « seiche wave” – an underwater wave that can reach 30m in height and is located 10 metres below the surface of the water. Research will continue over a period of three years, which will make it possible to extend the digitization of the lake even further.


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