2nd International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications
S7: Sensing Technologies for Water Resource Management
Dr. Thomas B. Messervey, CEO and Co-Founder, Research to Market Solution s.r.l., Italy
The USA documents 237,600 water line breaks each year costing €2.8 billion annually. Normal water leakage instead runs at 7 billion gallons per day (http://www.waterworld.com/articles/print/volume-30/issue-7/editorial-features/patching-up-the-pipes-how-smart-technologies-help-cities-prevent-leaks-and-save-money.html). Globally, 750 million people (1 in 9 people) lack access to safe water (www.water.org). Indeed, most persons would likely be surprised that the water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015 (http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2015/#frame/20ad6).
The need for water resource management stands at the intersection of several global challenges and cross-cutting themes which include climate change, aging national infrastructure, increased population and urbanization, and government, corporate and individual responsibilities toward the environment and sustainability. Amongst the range of possible solutions to answer the need for better water resource management is ICT (information communication technologies) in the form of sensors, smart meters, and the analytical platforms and software they make possible through the data they provide. In many cases, knowledge transfer and lessons learned can be taken from the energy and gas markets where work started earlier. It is also noteworthy the correlations between energy auditing and water auditing, carbon footprint assessment and water footprint assessment. Water (as a resource) is a next logical extension of ISO50001 (Energy Management Systems) principles.
Session G invites researchers and industrials working in the area of water sensing technologies for water resource management to present their work. A special invitation is extended to the platform www.ict4water.eu which clusters 10 research projects co-funded by the European Union on this topic area. A special invitation is also extended to industrials with new innovative solutions coming to the market. As the problem is global, papers are encouraged from all parts of the world.