Syrinix Chief Technical Officer Dr Paul Linford, was in Lille last week attending the General Assembly of Smart Water for Europe (SW4E).
Smart Water For Europe (SW4E) is a four-year FP7 demonstration project (2014-17), funded by the European Commission consisting of 21 participants including three water utilities, SME’s and research organisations. There are four European demonstration sites in the UK, The Netherlands, France and Spain which are demonstrating solutions incorporating sensors, data processing, modelling and ICT technologies. The UK site in Reading is focusing on leak management: in particular the use of advanced (smart) metering infrastructure (AMI). The ‘smart’ integration of such technology will be explored as part of the demonstration site.
Syrinix has installed 3 Trunkminder and 15 BurstMinder units at the UK site in Reading, with 5 BurstMinder units planned in the Netherlands, which along with the other sites, will demonstrate that prioritisation and optimisation of investments is urgently required. The European Innovation Partnership on Water has established these sites at priority areas in relation to the challenges in water supply distribution networks, focusing on resource efficiency, Smart Water Management and decision support systems. It is estimated that implementing Smart Water solutions could save water utilities and their customers up to $12.5 billion a year (Sensus, 2013)
By demonstrating on such optimum water networks, the project will look at the potential to roll out new Smart Water Technologies in Europe and beyond.