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iWIDGET represented in Portugal

The 12th ‘Congresso da Água’, the 16th ‘Encontro de Engenharia Sanitária e Ambiental’ and the 16th ‘Simpósio Luso-Brasileiro de Engenharia Sanitária’ took place on the 5th to 8th March 2014, in the Lisbon Congress Center. The main theme in discussion was 'Which future do we want?' in the water sector. More than 400 participants from Portugal, Brazil and other countries contributed for this discussion.  The three events were jointly promoted by the Hydraulic Resources Portuguese Association (APRH), the Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Portuguese Association (APESB) and the Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Brazilian Association (ABES). LNEC's team presented an oral communication regarding the development and testing of iWIDGET’s use cases and a poster with an overview of the iWIDGET project.
For more details please visit the website: http://www.aprh.pt/aguaeresiduos2014/

iWIDGET at the 3rd Annual Smart Water Systems Conference in April

The 3rd Annual Smart Water Systems Conference will take place in London from the 28th April to the 29th April 2014.

The demand for water is ever increasing due to growing population, climate change and cost of water. The ageing infrastructure of the water systems coupled with the increasing demand is adding pressure to the water networks. As the water infrastructure age, many problems crop in in terms of water leakage, water contamination, inability to detect water quality and so forth. One of the ways to address these problems is by creating a smart water system. Smart water systems involves the use of smart water meters together with the latest technologies and real time data to better monitor water usage, distribution and problems such as leakage. This also enables to tract the water network and pinpoint problem areas.

Key areas to be discussed in the conference are:
• Smart water metering
• Smart water irrigation and the Weightless Protocol
• Addressing leakage and improving water supply systems
• Preserving our resources: Optimising water usage
• SmartWater4Europe
• The customer’s point of view and opinions on smart water networks
• Technology focus and looking ahead (future plans)
• Case studies from different water companies across England that are implementing smart meters and that are involved in optimizing water usage
• An insight into the latest technology behind smart water irrigation
• Understanding the importance of involving the customer in the supply chain
• Implementing wireless networks for water companies; thereby facilitating communication among companies
• Evaluating leakage as a major problem in the water systems
• Understanding how to overcome the challenges associated with reducing leakage

Dr Dragan Savic will be talking about the iWIDGET project on Day One of the Conference.

His presentation “Smart water, smart meters, smart societies: the iWIDGET project” will cover:

  • Introduction to the iWIDGET project - Smart metering for urban water demand management
  • The iWIDGET system - conceptual and architectural design
  • 'Widgets' developed for the utility and customer-side water management
  • Business model and potential benefits of smart water meters
  • Case studies: Southern Water (UK) and Aguas de Barcelos (Portugal)

Click here for more information on the conference.

iWIDGET - End of Year One - Annual meeting - October 2013

The iWIDGET Annual Meeting for the End of Year One took place on 29th – 31st October at the SAP Offices in Zurich.


Day One of the meeting enabled all work package leaders to provide updates on the progress of their assigned tasks and deliverables – and even included a walkthrough of the iWIDGET system in the sunshine, with partners representing key parts of the infrastructure.


The day concluded with a lovely meal at the renowned vegetarian restaurant,  Hiltl – thoroughly enjoyed by all (even the most devout meat-eaters!). We even managed to squeeze in an evening stroll to the lake before heading back to our hotels.


Day two of the meeting saw a series of Round table discussions take place – and provided an opportunity for all partners to contribute to the  ongoing problems faced by some of the Work Packages and promoted active discussion amongst  the group.


Overall the meeting was a resounding success – thanks to all who attended and contributed to the meeting, and a special thanks to SAP for their warm hospitality!


iWIDGET Stakeholder Event - June 2013

On the 26th June, iWIDGET partner Waterwise, held a Stakeholder Workshop at their offices in London.  The aim of the workshop was to introduce the iWIDGET project to relevant stakeholders, and to consider and develop the various ways in which iWIDGET can assist stakeholders in understanding and managing urban water demand.

There was a wide level of  representation of  stakeholders across the water industry including; Atkins, the Environment Agency, British Water, WRAP, Southern Water, Essex Suffolk Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, South East Water, Yorkshire Water and Anglian Water.

The day started off with Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia from the University of Exeter (iWIDGET Project co-ordinator) providing a background to iWIDGET. This was followed with a further presentation by Joanne Smith from the University of Exeter,  explaining exactly what  a Use Case is.

Stakeholders were then asked to individually decide what use cases there might be for both the consumer and utilities. They were then put in small groups which resulted in a high level of discussion as each use case was carefully considered and prioritised. The discussions continued throughout the lunch break with a lot of engagement with partners to answer questions about iWIDGET.

 After lunch there was one more presentation which revealed the results of a similar workshop held in Portugal, and which use cases had been prioritised highly from the Portuguese workshop and the iWIDGET partners. A further session involved the stakeholders prioritising the actual use cases as defined in the iWIDGET Project Plan (Work Package 1).

To conclude the day there was a panel style discussion with a Q&A session. This brought about some interesting points about how iWIDGET will work,  barriers that might be encountered and future plans for the project. Overall, it was a highly successful workshop which yielded some vital information to aid iWIDGET going forward. Further to this there was a high level of interest in holding a technical workshop in Autumn – watch this space!