Water-M: Unified Intelligent WATER Management
Water-M is an ITEA3 European project with 21 partners from Finland, France, Romania and Turkey. The goal of Water-M project is to develop an architecture for intelligent management of water distribution. The project takes into account the current and prospective needs of all types of actors: managers, delegates, administrators, legislators, user communities, and consumers in the residential, industry and the Tertiary sector.
Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water. In recent decades, the human population has increased by a factor of 3, but at the same time water demand has increased by a factor of 6. Water is a finite resource that should be carefully managed. However, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in areas with a water sustainability problem. In this regard, water industries are using SCADA technologies to support their business processes, but this is clearly not enough. To solve the water sustainability problem, which is compounded by the water process complexity, a major upheaval of the water industry is needed with the introduction of novel concepts, such as GIS integration, quality management programs or real-time data management. In this context, ICT technologies are needed to drive these challenges. The scope of the Water-M project enables the creation of new products and services to build a unified water business model that will benefit European Union water stakeholders. The Water-M project combines real-time monitoring and operational control, service-oriented approaches and event driven mechanisms in the water management domain.
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