NAIADES’s vision is to support the modernization and digitization of water sector by providing a holistic solution for the control and management of water ecosystems. NAIADES aims to address the increased need for sustainable and eco-friendly water methodologies by defining a new ICT framework, with a wider scope than a sole technical proposition. Driven by the need to yield an end-to-end, uniform approach, NAIADES redefines water management by taking into consideration issues pertaining to cost, safety, complexity, vulnerability, societal acceptance, user behaviour and ethics. NAIADES covers four application domains:
Water consumption & efficiency
NAIADES aims to minimize the cost for water utilities by developing, implementing and integrating several innovative tools in the proposed ecosystem: i) Optimization of water consumption and smart water operation scheduling tool that will enable the optimization of water consumption in combination with real-time smart water planning; ii) a personalized water behavioral change support mobile application, which will aim to enhance public awareness on water consumption and usage savings by providing the users with detailed information about their water consumption, thus aiming to enhance public awareness on water consumption and usage savings, promoting user engagement and enhancing user participation in water conservation activities; iii) by developing and implementing the Water demand prediction Toolkit which will predict the water demand in order to save water resources, reduce operation and energy costs and greenhouse gases; and by the development and use of a single metadata harmonization tool which will contribute to the reduction of computation cost (by feature extraction, factor analysis, etc.). All these innovative technological tools of NAIADES system will enable a radical transformation of the water sector making existing technologies more performant and therefore more cost-efficient and attractive for the market.
Confidence of water consumers
NAIADES creates for the first time an integrated framework for quality of water assessment and control, capable of continuously monitor quality indicators of the water, assisting in the decision process of experts in several situations and performing a high level analysis of historical data. NAIADES uses state of the art machine learning techniques, trained with data collected by a set of sensors, together with a set of previously studied models to detect specific anomalies that need to be treated. Additionally, NAIADES uses artificial intelligence tools to analyze and predict significant events related to the quality of water before they occur, improving the operational efficiency and reaction time of current water treatment strategies.
Safety & reliability
NAIADES consortium has incorporated expertise needed to build a personalized water behavioral change mobile application aiming to enhance public awareness on water consumption and usage savings, promote user engagement and enhance user participation in water conservation activities. The application will enable water end-users to receive information and feedback on their water consumption, compare their consumption to that of similar others, and drive themselves through a path of incremental commitments towards water sustainability goals.
Personalized persuasive feedback and services
NAIADES strives to optimize the market development of integrated and cyber-resilient ICT solutions and systems for smart water management, and opening up of a digital single market for water services. NAIADES aims to leverage the so-called Digital Security strand by focusing on increasing the privacy and the security of ICT – based smart water management systems, through the exploitation of the following NAIADES features: a) A more user-centric approach to security management. NAIADES will allow users to better control how their data is shared with third parties finding the right balance between privacy and added value; b) a blockchain-backed logging architecture that provides anti-tamper and early warning protection for critical log and event feeds. NAIADES is going to be a market leader in water sector security by providing a decentralized data protection infrastructure; c) A Data- driven business innovation.