Product Name:
InfoNet

Product Description:
Management information system for water network infrastructure
- water supply, water distribution, wastewater collection, sewers and storm water

For both long term planning and everyday operations, water managers need accurate, up-to-date information on their networks and how the networks are performing. InfoNET reports that information in an easy-to-use way, so helping managers to make informed decisions in a cost effective way. InfoNet can help you with:

InfoNet is designed to help you and your colleagues do these jobs effectively and efficiently. In the past you needed to use a mix of paper reports, costly bespoke software that failed to keep up to date, generic GIS and poorly supported databases - certainly not effective or efficient. InfoNet has a multi-user database with inbuilt data models for water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure, a GIS user-interface and a report generator.

InfoNet provides the tools, reports, displays and data management you need for the job. At the same time it forms an essential part of your overall IT system, easily integrating with GIS, Desktop Office systems, hydraulic modeling systems, MMS, field data systems, SCADA and corporate databases.


Advantages of InfoNet
The whole point of InfoNet is to produce the information needed to support the management and planning of water and wastewater. We believe you need a good range of reports, a multi-user database, tools for cleaning-up data and combining data from different sources, an easy-to-use interface, and connections to other data systems, such as GIS and field-data collection. InfoNet data storage is optimised for long-term management of connected networks, giving it performance advantages over GIS (location-based storage) or MMS (inventory-based storage).

Keeps you informed
Good reports turn your sources of data into the management information you need. The InfoNet report generator gives you network information on the screen, on paper, or electronically in a way that can be embedded in desktop documents for MS Word or Excel (for example). A variety of pre-defined reports are available, but your organisation can format its own templates if it chooses. The aim is to find the right balance between a comprehensive range of reports, flexibility in the formats and ease of use.

Brings you together
With InfoNet's multi-user database and connections to other systems, everyone in the organisation can easily get at the same information, without proliferating data sources.

Integrates and controls data
Network data is available from a number of sources - GIS, asset databases, modeling systems, survey databases and files, CCTV, condition survey databases and, of course, from experienced operational staff. InfoNet provides a secure place to store and manage this data, with a variety of tools to import data, validate, correct and update it. Network data can be updated and managed over a long time period in a consistent way. The database itself becomes a valuable asset for water organisations.

Cleans-up data
The better the quality of data, the more reliable the information derived from it. Field survey data, manhole data and GIS data traditionally suffer from data quality problems and missing data values. These problems are not significant for some users, but they cause havoc with modeling systems and management information systems. So, as well as providing the means to combine network data from different sources, InfoNet provides tools to clean-up data, including tests for connectivity and continuity and subsequent data-repair.

Talks to other systems
The InfoNet data source can be accessed by users as well as a variety of specialist systems such as modeling software and asset maintenance systems. Data exchange interfaces have been designed not only for import and export purposes but also to connect directly with GIS (ArcView, MapInfo), hydraulic modeling systems (InfoWorks), SCADA and logger systems. InfoNet has been designed to ensure that data exchange with Microsoft Windows applications and geographic information systems is a "seamless" operation.

Easy to use
InfoNet's user interface has many GIS functions, and it is compatible with the major GIS data formats and systems. But it has advantages over GIS for the water manager because of the purpose-built database and data model, together with the other, comprehensive data views and reports. InfoNet holds similar data to asset-maintenance systems, but does a better job as an easy-to-use management information system, without all the complicated functionality for managing maintenance staff.

Future Extensions
InfoNet will be available with an animation extension to give animated views of time-changing data such as measured or logged data, SCADA data and modeling data.

Both the water and wastewater functionality will be extended in the future.

Information reports and a data model for river catchments will be added in the future.