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SmartH2O: an ICT Platform to leverage on Social Computing for the efficient management of Water Consumption

Project description

ICT for water resources management
SmartH2O: an ICT Platform to leverage on Social Computing for the efficient management of Water Consumption
 The SmartH2O project develops an ICT platform for improving the management of urban and peri-urban water demand thanks to the integrated use of smart meters, social computation, and dynamic water pricing, based on advanced models of consumer behavior.
The SmartH2O project aims to provide water utilities, municipalities and citizens, with an ICT-enabled platform to design, develop and implement better water management practices and policies, leading to a reduction in water consumption, without compromising the quality of life, and to an increase in resource security.
The solution proposed by the SmartH2O project is to develop an ICT platform that will be able to:
• Understand and model the consumers’ current behaviour on the basis of historical and real-time water usage data;
• Predict how the consumer behaviour can be influenced by various water demand management policies, from water savings campaigns, to social awareness campaigns, to dynamic water pricing schemes;
• Raise the awareness of water consumers on their current water usage habits and their lifestyle implications and to stimulate them to reduce water use;
The SmartH2O ICT infrastructure will thus enable water managers to close the loop between actual water consumption levels and desired targets, using information about how the consumers have adapted their behavior to the new situation (e.g. new regulations, new water prices, appeals to water savings during droughts). This feedback will then allow to aptly revise the water demand management policies, enabling to maximise the water and energy saving goals

Expected Results
The project is expected to demonstrate how social awareness and dynamic pricing instruments can modify the behavior of water use.  A quantifiable reduction of water consumption is expected, especially in drought periods, when water is scarcer. Water utilities can therefore assess the impact of smart metering to improve the efficiency of their operations.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2013-11
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Coordinator

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 529 179
Administrative Contact
Rizzoli Andrea Emilio (Prof.)

Participants (11)

SOCIETA ELETTRICA SOPRACENERINA SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 181 240
Address
Piazza Grande 5
6600 Locarno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Mendicino (Mr.)
EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR PARTICIPATORY MEDIA EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 356 720
Address
Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jasminko Novak (Prof.)
EMPRESA MIXTA VALENCIANA DE AGUAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 45 990
Address
Avenida Reino De Valencia 28
46005 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Angeles Serrano Sánchez (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 73 000
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manuel Pulido Velazquez (Prof.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 573 736
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fabio Conti (Mr.)
SET MOBILE SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 169 275
Address
Strada Rovine 3 Bloc 65 Scara A Etaj 3 Ap 21 Sectorul 2
021236 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luigi Caldararu (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 344 800
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
MOONSUBMARINE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 600
Address
Woodlands Road 16 Great Shelford
CB22 5LW Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fausto Dassenno (Mr.)
THAMES WATER UTILITIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 41 700
Address
Clearwater Court - Vastern Road
RG1 8DB Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Wissmann-Alves (Dr.)
AGUAS DE VALENCIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 690
Address
Gran Via Marques Del Turia 19
46005 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
María Ángeles Serrano Sánchez (Ms.)
WEBRATIO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 912
Address
Piazzale Luigi Cadorna 10
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colombo Elisabetta (Ms.)