Deep Dive: Smart Water
Linking the Physical and Digital World With Open Source and Standards for More Efficient Resource Management
Water is one of our most precious natural resources, it is at the very heart of our daily activities and a key element for global well-being and sustainable economic growth. We need to accelerate progress to face critical challenges such as growing scarcity along with rising demands due to factors such as drought, overuse, leaking pipes; lack of access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services, wastewater treatment, and reuse, etc.
The efficient and sustainable management of water distribution systems is not an easy task if we want to ensure safe and reliable freshwater supply to consumers while maintaining efficiency at a low cost, something which is fundamental in almost all industries, from farming to robotics.
Nowadays, a wide range of advanced tools and strategies are used to address pressing challenges in the water sector: from water quality simulations to modeling of water distributions systems, the water domain has not yet reached a satisfying level of maturity when tackling digitization challenges such as fragmentation, lack of a holistic vision, or integration and standardization of the technology.
The objective of the session is to analyze how to overcome those challenges from different perspectives, how we can do more with less water in a sustainable manner, from Innovation in technology to financing, business models, partnerships and policy as main enablers for society and businesses to make effective change happen.
16:30 – 16:35 — Welcome and introduction by Ulrich Ahle (CEO, FIWARE Foundation) and Fernando López Aguilar (FIWARE Cloud & Platform Senior Expert, FIWARE Foundation)
16:35 – 16:50 — “Opportunities in the Water Sector, the Vision From the EC” by Panagiotis Balabanis (Unit B1 “Circular Economy & Biobased Systems”, DG R&I)
16:50 – 17:05 — “Sharing Efforts for the Digitalization of the Water Sector: Vision and Activities of the DW2020 Group” by Nicolás Caradot (Project Coordinator, Kompetenz-wasser Berlin)
17:05 – 17:20 — “FIWARE Vision and Value Proposition for Water” by Franck Le Gall (CEO & CTO, Easy Global Market)
17:20 – 17:30 — Use Case: “Developing Applications for Raw Water Supply Systems Management – Powered by FIWARE: the Case of Athens” by Dr. Christos Makropoulos (Professor at the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA)
17:30 – 17:40 — Expert Session: “Linking EPANET to FIWARE” by Chris Sweetapple (Research Fellow, University of Exeter)
17:40 – 17:50 — Expert Session: “Integration of SWAT-MODFLOW Into FIWARE for Watershed Monitoring” by Ali Benbrahim (Senior Engineer)
17:50 – 18:00 — Wrap-Up: FIWARE4Water Challenges by Fernando López Aguilar (FIWARE Cloud & Platform Senior Expert, FIWARE Foundation)