POWER Project presented at the ICT4Water Action Plan
The usage of water is a key enabler for urban and rural industrial activities. Moreover, water quality improvement and water scarcity are important short-medium challenges to face in the EU. Effective, smarter and cost-efficient ICT solutions for water management should adjust services to the society and give new opportunities for businesses. The Action Plan 2017 related to ICT and Water management will identify actions which include activities, challenges, timelines and tools for implementation to suggest the creation of a Digital Single Market for water services.
A fully integrated smart water network does not exist in Europe or globally. The water sector faces difficulties to develop smart technology due to the fragmentation of the sector, slow adoption of new technologies, absence of SME development and no holistic vision being set out for the sector among others. This is caused by the lack of integration and standardisation of these sectors that can enable companies to operate in the water industry. Given the need for interoperability and standardisation and the need for a holistic view of the water supply chain, the water economics and the connection between water and smart cities, two roadmaps have been published in the framework of the activities of the ICT4Water cluster (roadmaps published in 2015 and 2016).