Announcements

ICeWater Kick-Off Meeting took place on the 1st and 2nd of October 2012 at Siemens premises in Milano Bicocca, Italy. Representatives of Siemens, Toshiba, Metropolitana Milanese (MM), Aquatim, ITALDATA, UNESCO IHE, CMR, K&S and ICCS participated in the event. MM and Aquatim presented their water distribution network and also described their priorities regarding problems and challenges for better water monitoring and management. Following this initial brainstorming, each WP leader made a brief overview of their WP objectives and challenges. On the second day, several administrative issues were resolved and the meeting was completed with an on-site visit to MM premises.

Inside the framework of AQUAKNIGHT activities,several training activites have taken place as presented below.

AQUAKNIGHT has prepared a set of training sessions in the participating Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs). The first two training sessions took place at the Alexandria Water Company headquarters (24th -25th April 2012, Egypt) and SONEDE headquarters (27-28 June 2012, Tunis).These two courses have introduced best practices in leakage control to the staff of the participating water utiltities in the MPC. The topics were Water Balance Auditing and Leakage Control technologies. A third training session took place at the Aqaba Water Company headquarters (10-11 December 2012, Aqaba, Jordan), focusing on tests on meters accuracy, UFR (unmeasured flow reducer) tests to quantify enhancement in water metering as well asssessment of the impact of private storage tanks on water metering and AMRs (automatic meter reading).

The first training course for Mediterranean EU partners took place on the 19-20 Sept'12 in Reggio Emilia (Italy). The course dealt with International Best Practices and comprised sessions on AMR technology and applications. 

More details on the project activities can be found at the project website.

 

We are very pleased to announce that the evaluation outcome of the MARSOL- “Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought” proposal submitted under the FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO is 15 out of 15. The reviewers found this proposal excellent in all parts. The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems is listed as a MARSOL partner and had a significant contribution to the proposal preparation performed by the whole MARSOL consortium.

Dr. Angelos Amditis, the Head of I-Sense Research Group, recently participated in the review panel of the programme "Transport" as an evaluator. "Transport" is a programme of the Helmhotz association (http://www.helmholtz.de/en/). The review took place on Monday, 22 April 2013 at the site of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne.

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In an effort to optimize water consumption and to minimize leakages in the Mediterranean region, the AQUAKNIGHT project is deploying smart water meters as part of five pilot actions in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy and Cyprus. A first international conference on water leakage, attended by distribution network operators, recently took place in Alexandria in order to showcase the best practices tested by the project in view of improving the efficiency of water management.  

It is estimated that most of the distribution networks in the emerging countries leak 50% of the water distributed. In response to this situation, the AQUAKNIGHT project aims to develop advanced technologies and to transfer know how for minimizing leakages and reducing non-revenue water (water which cannot be metered and invoiced).

This goal will be achieved through pilot actions in the Mediterranean region in Egypt (Alexandria), Tunisia (Tunis), Jordan (Aqaba), Italy (Genoa) and Cyprus (Limassol). Mr. Ahmed Gaber Chéhata, the CEO of AlexWater - the drinking water company in Alexandria and the Egyptian partner in AQUAKNIGHT - explains: "we installed volumetric meters in the entrance hall or under the stairwell in each building to enable the metering of very low flow levels. These devices are also equipped with pressure regulators in order to better manage the backflow and leakage of water. We also deployed smart meters equipped with state-of-the-art AMR (automated meter reading) technology which provide detailed and accurate information on household consumption and transmit it by telephone to the data manager at the drinking water facility". According to Mr. Gaber Chéhata "the AQUAKNIGHT project enabled us to reduce our natural losses - due to old pipes and connections etc. - by 2% in the Arama neighbourhood, the district selected in Alexandria".

"Stopping water leakages" is the third issue of a series of features prepared by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre on the projects funded under the ENPI CBC Med Programme, following those on ShMILE 2 "Hotels are going green too" and MEDOLICO "Turning olive oil waste into Euros while protecting nature".

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The AQUAKNIGHT project (http://www.aquaknight.eu) is inviting you to the 1st AQUAKNIGHT International conference “Water Leakage detection solutions in the Mediterrenean basin: the AQUAKNIGHT approach” on 15 May 2013 at Alexandria, Egypt.

AQUAKNIGHT responds to the need of all countries in the Mediterranean region to optimize performance of water networks and reduce water losses. The project’s consortium intends to facilitate the dialogue among water institutions and operators from different regions in the Mediterranean area, and promote sustainable solutions for tackling water scarcity in the region. An effective use of the resource will prevent inter-basin transfers as well as international and national conflicts for water use.

During this conference participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the project developments and specifically about the IT solutions for leakage management and innovative tools used for Active Leakage Control, efficient water demand management through several success stories. Moreover, the Egyptian legislation framework for water services and possible funding opportunities and investments in the area will be also presented.

Participants may include water operators/utilities in the Mediterranean EU and Partner countries, water regulators and network stakeholders, researchers working in the water companies and institutes as well as any other interested person from all over the world.

The official invitation letter as well as the conference programme can be foundhere.

If you are interested to participate in this conference you are kindly requested to fill in the registration formand send it by fax or e-mail to:

Mrs Yosr Salah:

E-mail:yosr.salah@alexwater.com

Phone: 002033933009 - Fax: 002033914735

or

Mrs Daniela Bergamotti:

E-mail:daniela.bergamotti@irenacquagas.it

Phone: 00390105586866 - Fax: 00390105586847

 

 

Rapid advances in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), in lower-power wireless networking and in computation give hopes for a new generation of small, inexpensive, networked sensors that can be distributed on civil and building structures to provide accurate, quantitative information on the structure's physical state while in service. This information can be used to assess the structural condition of the monitored facility and aid decision making on rehabilitation so that safety can be attained and rehabilitation costs can be reduced. The most relative properties for structural analysis are movement (acceleration and displacement) and forces. The corresponding sensors that produce these measurements are accelerometers and strain sensors (stresses and forces can be deduced from strain measurements).

 

ManuVAR is a European 7th Framework project that comprises 18 partner organisations across 8 countries and finished it's activities on 2012. The project's main results has been presented by the Coordinator Dr.  Boris Krassi through his interview at the Horizon Management's monthly newsletter (April 2013 issue).

Please find the interviewhere.

To find out more about the project visit www.manuvar.eu

 

 

The European research project interactIVe has achieved key results towards the goal of accident-free traffic, by developing the next generation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for safer and more efficient driving.

After four years of leading research, we cordially invite you to find out more about these new solutions and to experience performing safety applications in several demonstrator vehicles.

The interactIVe Final Event will be held

on November 20thand 21st, 2013

at the Eurogress Convention Center in Aachen (Germany)

and the Ford Proving Ground in Lommel (Belgium).

By attending this unique event, you will be able to network with project partners, discover the latest developments in active safety during a dedicated conference and experience live demonstrations on vehicles which actively brake and steer to avoid dangerous situations.  The event will be combined with the partner project eCoMove, which has created an integrated cooperative solution for energy efficiency in road transport, through eco-driving support and eco-traffic management.

On the conference day (20th of November) the results of the two projects will be shown via technical presentations and in a common exhibition at the EUROGRESS, Aachen. Several related topics addressed by interactIVe and eCoMove will be highlighted, including cooperative systems and platforms, strategies for vehicle control and Human-Vehicle-Interaction. On the second day (21st of November) advanced functions will be presented during a driving session with the interactIVe demonstrator vehicles. A shuttle bus will transfer participants to the Ford Proving Ground in Lommel, Belgium.

Don’t miss this event - save the dateand subscribe to the invitation list using the following link:www.interactive-ip.eu/news/project_events

Additional information and details will follow shortly.

For any further information please contact Anja Winzer (anja.winzer@eict.de) or Evi Brousta (p.brousta@iccs.gr).

Official save the date announcement can be foundhere.

 

 

A European-funded project is promising to completely revolutionise productivity and working environments across Europe, thanks to its newly developed system, which combines product lifecycle management, ergonomics and virtual and augmented reality technology to startling effect.
The project, MANUVAR ('Manual work support throughout system lifecycle by exploiting virtual and augmented reality'), included 18 partners and spanned 8 countries across the EU. Partners developed a modular, reconfigurable system that will support manual work across a range of industries. MANUVAR was funded by the European Commission under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme and received more than EUR 7 million in funding.

The full article is available here.