The annual Waterwise conference held in London on 8 March 2017 was an exceptionally stimulating event with 19 ICT4Water cluster projects funded by EU that shared experiences and presented results on ICT applied to water to enhance networking, communication, dissemination, policy, research and market opportunities returns.
A big thanks to ICT4Water cluster Projects:
AQUANES – CYTO-WATER – DAIAD – EFFINET – INTCATCH – IWIDGET – KINDRA – MOSES – POWER – PROTEUS – SIM4NEXUS – SMARTH2O – SMART-MET – SMART-PLANT – WATERINNEU – WATERP – WIDEST – WISDOM – ISS-EWATUS
Fruitful discussions from 3 panels: research and Innovation, engagement and implementation:
- Advantages of water efficiency, smart water metering and monitoring in every water use and reuse (urban, agriculture, ground water,…).
- Water as key building block in smart cities to be reinforced;
- Data protection, privacy, network access, confidentiality and integrity of water related information;
- Relevance of data sharing across services, fostering the harmonization of water ICT systems and platform, to enable data-as-a-service models;
- IoT and smart meters will make available a huge amount of data, Smart Data Management is necessary;
- To enhance emerging water issues (current and future trends) in terms of data management, interoperability and standardization;
- Procurement schemas are considered as a good option to provide solutions that are closer to the needs of the water utilities;
- User engagement strategy should be tackled by all available channels, approaches on social networks should be exploited too;
- Stakeholders raise the need for results and outcomes that reach the market.
Follow up : ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET FOR WATER
Following the Roadmap 2016, the Action Plan 2017 will tackle cross-cutting specific challenges and gaps to reach the common expected goals.
INPUTS from the outcome of your project are essential.
Save the dates for WssTP event in Brussels in June 2017 (week 24) and EIP on Water in Porto on September 2017 (week 39).
Aude Glénisson and Gabriel Anzaldi (European Commission)