Moving towards water security and safety with aqua3S
aqua3S is a Horizon 2020 funded project which started in September 2019. It is coordinated by CERTH-ITI and involves 22 partners across Europe.
The project aims at creating standardized methods and strategies for water safety and security for all involved stakeholders. Towards this goal, it develops innovative sensors that will be installed in key points of the existing water distribution network and also consider existing market sensors and the measurements of SCADA legacy systems. This data collection is enriched by imagery collected from UAVs and satellites while data from social media will be collected as well mostly focusing on citizens’ reports on water related matters.
For the processing of the aforementioned data, aqua3S aims at creating a “smart” interconnection of the data produced from all the sources, raising alarms when anomalies are detected, providing real-time assessment for the crisis severity level, and forecasting the performance of the water distribution networks under different scenarios. This information is visualized in 3D map that allows inspection of the system status and temporal variations in an intuitively and efficient interface that covers the needs of each end user.
Finally, in order to ensure the system’s functionality, seven pilots are realised throughout Europe – more specifically, in Italy, Greece, France, Cyprus, Belgium and Bulgaria. On the 3rd of November 2020, the aqua3S team tested its first prototype through a set of TableTop Exercises. Through multiple scenarios the involved end users tested successfully the 1st prototype by simulating their daily operations and crisis emergencies that could be dealt with the aqua3S system.
For more information visit the project website: https://aqua3s.eu/