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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.