UK researchers win £660m funding for global water saving project

UK academics and European industry partners are poised to launch a major project that will apply smart technologies and state-of-the-art sensors to help tackle global water challenges.

Birmingham City University and Greek technology firm, Singular Logic, have secured £666,000 from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to fund a four-year research project looking to tackle global water issues including loss and wastage of water.

The four-year project, Internet of Things Smart Water Innovative Networks (IoT4Win), will include industry partners iincluding United Utilities and others from Romania, Greece and Spain.

The project – which falls under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks scheme – will deploy to monitor and provide real-time updates on the quality, quantity and demand for water in urban areas and find new ways to provide accessible and affordable water.

The researchers will deploy smart sensors to monitor in real-time the quality, quantity and demand for water in urban areas and seek new ways to provide accessible and affordable water in water systems across the UK and Europe.

Professor in Advanced System Engineering at Birmingham City University, and lead investigator on IoT4Win, Wenyan Wu, said: “With the rise in smart technology we now have a real opportunity to rethink how we view some everyday problems, and can gain a level of insight into issues of water we would never have been able to get before.

“This project presents a real opportunity for us to use sensor technologies, and the growth in the Internet of Things, to transform how we look at our water systems.

Data from the project will be made available publically to help shape future industry initiatives and government policy.

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