IWESLA: Improving Water efficiency and Safety in living areas

05/ 9/2016

A-CING coordinates the IWESLA experiment in partnership with Novelti, experiment funded by the Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs, http://www.cpse-labs.eu/). The experiment is supported by the CPSE Labs Design Centre in Spain, hosted by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and Indra Sistemas S.A.

The proposed experiment aims to develop and implement a demand-side cyber-physical system (CPS) to optimize the water consumption efficiency and safety in living areas.

The current rate of growth of the population in cities together with climate change effects require the optimization of natural resources usage. The intelligent use of water in smart cities, or “smart water”, implies engagement and involvement from the water utilities (e.g. supply networks performance – physical infrastructure) and from the demand side orend-users(e.g. citizens, building management staff, etc.).

The IWESLA CPS consists of:

  • Sensors (smart water meters, presence sensors), collecting real-time data.
  • Actuators controlling the water supply.  
  • The Sofia2 platform where the data from the sensors are received stored and analysed in real-time extracting meaningful information for the demand-side.
  • Data will be analysed through the integration of Novelti real time analytics service within the Sofia 2 platform. This service also provides autonomous real-time machine learning solutions that are able to learn the behaviour of collected data (e.g. appliances usage, personal hygiene usage, green areas watering, etc.). 
  • Living area water efficiency and safety application: a set of different alarms and actions will be established when abnormal consumption is detected. This early detection will lead to a reduction in water consumption and potential damages due to leakages, open taps, etc.
  • Citizens: a consumption awareness application will be developed. The user is informed about the water consumption habits, raising awareness and leading to a responsible consumption, creating an impact on the citizen’s water consumption patterns.

 A prototype has already been tested on the UPM premises and it is now implemented in two pilot sites (a primary school and a sports centre) provided by the Municipality of Rivas Vaciamadrid and Amadora's Town Hall