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In the Digital Age, the ability to manage information has become a prerequisite to success. To meet the demands of changing conditions and the need for greater speed many organizations are developing a “digital nervous system”. A digital nervous system is a new approach
to information management that allows an organization to build on existing technology and create a highly efficient, integrated system that collects, manages, organizes and disseminates information throughout an enterprise. Integrated Plant Management and Control (IPMC) is a digital nervous
system design for wastewater facility management. IPMC is a technology-based strategy designed to collect, manage, organize and disseminate information for the operations, management, laboratory, maintenance, and engineering functions of the enterprise. The objectives of an IPMC design can
be summarized as follows: Automation of data collection Automation of data management, data conversion and information distribution Maximize the knowledge base
for all functions of the enterprise Reduced operation, maintenance, management and engineering costs Preserve all data in a common open data base Improve asset management with
proactive and predictive maintenance procedures Provide a strategy and tools for continuous improvement and benchmarking Critical to all business processes, data is a strategic resource. Data should be managed as an
asset. Information management requirements should be defined from an enterprise perspective and systems designed to achieve information exchange with optimal cost effectiveness. Best management practice for data management dictate managing all data in a shared database and accessing that data
with common tools. This document focuses on the crucial components needed achieve the objectives and on the benefits associated with an IPMC system design. Network architecture, software applications and examples of the benefits associated with IPMC implementation are presented.
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