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<br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />March 25, 2011 <br />5:00 p.m. <br /> <br />New York City officials see CSOnet demonstration <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876- <br /> <br />1564, or Jeff Bruce, Director of Business Development, EmNet LLC, 855-1012 or (773) 398-1013 <br /> <br />Utilities officials from the nation’s largest city today witnessed the operation of CSOnet, <br />the City of South Bend’s first-in-the-world system to use technology to monitor and <br />control combined sewer overflows. <br /> <br />Three top officials from New York City Environmental Protection saw CSOnet in <br />operation, heard firsthand reports about its development and implementation, and visited <br />locations where monitoring data is transmitted from specially equipped manhole covers <br />and where smart valves are controlled by computers to maximize storage capacity in the <br />City’s 500-mile sewer network. <br /> <br />The visiting officials with New York City Environmental Protection were: <br /> <br />James J. Roberts, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Water & Sewer Operations <br /> <br /> <br />John G. Petito, assistant commissioner for operations, Bureau of Wastewater <br /> <br />Treatment <br /> <br />Christopher M. Hawkins, policy advisor for sustainability <br /> <br /> <br />Based on research conducted at the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University, the <br />City of South Bend’s CSOnet was developed in conjunction with EmNet, a South Bend- <br />based company that has created the software and hardware to implement the wireless <br />system. <br /> <br />Fully deployed in 2010, CSOnet is the first system to monitor and control combined <br />sewer overflows in real time through the use of embedded computer sensors in a <br />decentralized radio network. It also is the world’s largest cyber-physical embedded <br />sensor network. <br />-more- <br /> <br />