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ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Smart Water for the Smart City and the IoT

Room 1.05, 22/10/2015 (09:50-10:35)


Smart water technologies and ICT for water management applications are core components of a smart city, in itself an essential step towards Digital Europe, a Juncker priority. In this respect, smart water innovation and research will need to work along, be combined and integrated with ICT research related to smart energy, smart transport, smart health, smart telecommunications and smart security-the main components for a fully implemented smart city approach. A major drawback is that research and innovation for each of these components is largely going on independently, without coordination and/or transdisciplinary cooperation and approach. In this networking session we aim:

(a) to bring together ICT experts from SMEs, the industry, the Commission and the academia, from different "smart" sectors, i.e. not just water;

(b) to discuss the current situation, gaps, needs and vision for the integration of Smart Water and the Smart Cities ICT technologies and applications;

(c) to discuss Smart Water aspects and prospects, challenges and opportunities, regarding Data Analytics and the IoT.

We are ICT4WATER (, a cluster of 15 FP7/H2020 EU funded projects, collectively representing over 120 research, industry, SME and end-users across Europe, encompassing the most advanced state-of-the art "ICT for smart water management" trends. We want to have a "networking" session with other smart ICT sectors (organisations, researchers and SMEs).


The technique that we are going to use is “Round table”. We will have pre-defined questions to use as a starter for the discussion. These questions will be available beforehand through a special section on the ICT4WATER website and the media of the H2020 CSA, WIDEST. In addition, intensive dissemination of the event trough the 15 EU projects integrating the cluster and important water associations such as IWA and WssTP, will include them in order to promote the discussion.

We plan to use: (a) a moderator, (b) a panel (with 3-4 experts) from different "smart" water fields setting the frame for the questions, (c) online real time "voting" on the questions using smartphones by the audience (via a specific website), and (d) use the responses for assessment and conclusions.

In parallel, we plan to have members of the ICT4WATER cluster keeping minutes.

The outcome and the minutes from this networking session will be uploaded at the ict4water website (

Expected outcome

Smart water is an integral part of the smart city, and the IoT, linked to smart energy and other "smart" domains, the smart grid and the "smart city" implementation. It is also a move towards e-governance, enabling households to have real time knowledge of their consumption and interaction with water utilities, helping also energy efficiency, through Smart Water and Energy applications, while IoT innovation and research may have impact on social innovation (e.g., by locating vulnerable/old people through real time changing water use patterns). The best way to have the bigger impact for Smart Water innovation is to have common research projects with experts from all the sectors, i.e., water-energy-telecommunications etc, who usually do not "know" each each other and do not work together; transdisciplinary research is not widespread. We want to create opportunities for future common research and applications, through this networking session. (Organisers: University of Exeter, Eurecat)

Organised by: Lydia VAMVAKERIDOU-LYROUDIA (University of Exeter, CEMPS/Centre for Water Systems, United Kingdom)

Cluster: Smart Cities and Sustainability


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