The companies/organizations involved in the Project are:
- West Systems s.r.l. (project leader)
- AF Geoscience and Technology Consulting s.r.l.
- TerraMeTT s.r.l.
- Science Park, Rome (Società per il Parco Scientifico Romano)
- University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
- CNRof Rome and Naples
- Raptech s.r.l.
- Innovation Technologies, Information and Methodologies for the Eart (InTIME) s.r.l.
- AlgaRes s.r.l.
- ISS (Italian Health Institute)
The Project involves:
- Design of an innovative system for real-time monitoring of water distribution systems
- Generation of immediate warning alerts concerning drinking water quality in case of known or unknown anomalies. The new system will combine a set of nonspecific, innovative sensors, a hydro-geological model, a model for pollutantflows into water distribution systems and a new system for management and decision support, based on an advanced TIS.
The ACQUASENSE system will be implemented, tested and validated in laboratory and by Water Facilities and related industries.
Compared to the currently used systems, ACQUASENSE presents a number of advantages which makes it suitable not only for the Italian market but also abroad, especially for developing countries. These benefits include:
Tali vantaggi comprendono:
- Low investment cost, reduced operating cost, reduced cost for damages at filtering systems, reduced cost for lab analysis, reduced cost for specialized personne
- Possibility to perform a simultaneous monitoring of pollutants and chemical-microbiological risk factors
- Possibility of measurements near the polluting source
- Generation of real-time alerts, minimization of “false positives”, detection of anomalous unpredicted events
- Effective decision support on warnings and analysis of management intervention related to the supply chain
- Visual display of geo-referenced data through a new Territorial Information System (TIS); identification of polluting sources; forecasting of polluting flows; simulation of corrective actions
Besides its applications in water distribution systems, the technologies developed within the Project can be employed in:
- Monitoring of inland waters (such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs, irrigation systems)
- Environmental purposes, as well as for the control of water quality in food and manufacturing industries (such as beer, soft drinks, leather, galvanic materials, etc..)
- specific applications aimed at the prevention of contamination incidents or intentional sabotage actions toward sensitive targets (such as barracks, military camps, etc..)
This technological approach can represent a basis for the developing of different water monitoring systems such as sea and waste water. It is expected that the Project will create synergies with a wide range of companies and research organizations, some of which will take part as stakeholders. They include engineering companies engaged in implementation and management of large water infrastructures, consulting companies, territorial agencies for the control of aquatic ecosystems, electronic and manufacturing companies and research organizations specialized in sensor technologies.