Smart water services: bridging the digital and the physical world

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The workshop “Smart water services: Bridging the digital and the physical world” has been jointly organised on 13 June by the European Commission and the European Water Technology Platform (WssTP) within the Water Innovation Europe in Brussels. 

The workshop was the occasion for public discussion on the recently published ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan, for welcoming new members, and for listening key stakeholders’ views on digitalisation applied to the water sector.

New members of the cluster

Three of the new members welcomed during the workshop are Horizon 2020 projects that started in July 2018 and joined the cluster since the beginning of their granting period:

  • Project O (Demonstration of planning and technology tools for a circular, integrated and symbiotic use of water),
  • HYDROUSA (Demonstration of water loops with innovative regenerative business models for the Mediterranean region) and
  • NextGen (Towards a next generation of water systems and services for the circular economy).

These three projects will develop innovative solutions in the context of water within the circular economy. During the event, they presented their initial views on different water value chains with emphasis on those closing the water cycle, re-using the treated wastewater and recovering energy, chemicals and nutrients.

Other Horizon 2020 funded projects that joined the cluster recently are :

  • Space O (Space Assisted Water Quality Forecasting Platform for Optimized Decision Making in Water Supply Services),
  • SWAMP (Smart Water Management Platform),
  • Run4Life (Recovery and utilization of nutrients 4 low impact fertilizer).

For the first time, a project financed by the LIFE ProgrammeSWSS (Smart Water supply systems), joined the cluster. It develops an integrated platform for water utilities and their supply chain.

Among the speakers of the event, the venture capitalist Gaëtane Suzenet highlighted trends and key aspects related to market uptake of Horizon 2020 projects and transferred the messages from the Investor Café organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on 12 June 2018.

Throughout the workshop, ICT4Water projects presented their activities related to interoperability & standardization, data sharing, smart water, cyber-security, actors' awareness, policy, and business models.

The workshop, which was attended by 23 project representatives and overall 45 participants, ended with four parallel discussion groups on:

  • Digital water innovation hub initiative;
  • Improving efficiency and circularity in digitalisation of water use and re-use;
  • Developing a common approach to cyber-security; and
  • Developing a cross-domain data sharing mechanisms Water-Energy-Food - Land use – Climate Nexus.

Check detailed report and presentations from the workshop.

Background information

This is the first ICT4Water cluster event that EASME organises since the Agency took the lead of this hub for EU-funded research and innovation projects developing digital solutions for the water sector, in January 2018.

The cluster supports its members in exchanging information and best practices, disseminating and exploiting project outputs, contributing to define digital water strategies and to policy development in digital and water domain. Membership is free of charge.

Interested in joining the cluster? Check details.

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