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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

IWESLA (Improving Water Efficiency and Safety in Living Areas)

Problem and solution

IWESLA aimed to develop and implement a demand-side cyber-physical system (CPS) to optimize the water consumption efficiency and safety in living areas. Water consumption data collected by smart meters provide a detailed user consumption profile, enabling the characterization of water consumption patterns of end-users. This characterization can disaggregate the consumption data collected to understand when, how and where water is consumed. This information is used to elaborate a set of alarms and actions, and also to generate information that can be provided to the citizens, water utilities, large industries, public bodies, etc. The experiment relied in innovative technologies (smart meters, sensors, actuators), data analysis and processing, and services provided to the end-users.

In order to carry out the monitoring and control actions of the CPS, each one of the facilities employed for the experiment were dotted with water meters as information sources; as well as electro valve actuators to obtain control over the water network. Thus, the hardware elements will be formed by a smart water meter, and one water electro valve, all of them connected to Sofia2 using the existing telecommunications network or the local building control SCADA. Novelti's streaming analytics device was in charge of the analysis of data, the detection of anomalous consumption and the disaggregation of water consumption. Two apps were designed and implemented to 1. raise awareness in water users, and 2. To control and monitor the output of the system.

How did CPSE Labs Help?

The CPSE Labs facilitated the right collaboration between INDRA, UPM, A-CING and Novelti, who together built a multi-skilled team with all the pieces needed to IWESLA puzzle. The project could not be addressed without the juncture of these four entities, each one of them serving the project with knowledge, expertise, software, installations, development and specialized personnel. In particular, benefits for A-CING and Novelti were:

  • Helping develop new products and services based on water consumption analysis
  • Increase of knowledge emerged from this collaboration
  • Testing in real life conditions
  • Counting with the support of companies in the front line of European expertise, like the CPSE labs members

Impact

The developed CPS provided detailed information to citizens involving them on the management of the demand and increasing the awareness of the value of water resources and responsible consumption. Also, reducing cost of both energy and water bills. Safety in living areas is increased as leaks and open taps are early detected.

Impact for water utilities: ability to assess the needs of different consumers, forecasting the demand, improving the supply management. Increased customer trust in the service provided, to define new water pricing policies. Personnel required installing and checking periodically the smart meters.

Impact on SMEs: the development of citizen-engagement tools. The adoption of smart metering services for device manufacturers. A-CING expects to increase its revenue in about 15% thanks to IWESLA, due to the best product quality and the faster time to market capacity of the company in order to develop advanced solutions for water consumption monitoring.

Outputs

  • IWESLA system running in two different public buildings.
  • Two web-based apps.
  • Assets in CPSE Labs and Indra marketplace.
  • The dissemination activities carried out by A-CING and Novelti during the lifetime of the experiment can be classified in five categories:
    1. Showcasing to specialists in the IoT Smart Cities and Big Data fields, at Madrid Monitoring Day 2016, and at Smart City Expo World Congress
    2. Press releases, on both the A-CING and Novelti websites
    3. In the media
      • The Sofia2 IoT blog published a case study of Smart Water IWESLA.
      • The experiment was part of the Newsletter of October 2016 of CITSEM (Software Technologies and Multimedia Systems for Sustainability Research Centre), a Department of UPM.
      • On January 2017, IWESLA was presented as a successful use case in the newsletter on the equipment manufacturer Libelium.
      • iAgua is a news website focused on water management, devoted to publish news and foster the debate in the water stakeholders community in Spain and Latin America.
      • This RFID newsletter website also published an article about IWESLA.
    4. Academic publication: Alvaro Palomo and other colleagues from A-CING and Novelti published 'Enhancement in the efficiency and security in water consumption in buildings applying Cyber Physical Systems' in the III Smart City Congress.
    5. Project demonstrations:
      • Presentation of the experiment to the students and teachers of the public school in Rivas and to concerned staff in the City Council.
      • Key staff from UPM involved in IWESLA offered the A-CING and Novelti members to participate in the Master called Embedded and Distributed Software Systems, by UPM.
Design centre

This experiment is supported by our Spain design centre

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Dates

1st March 2016 - 31st Dec 2016
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 2