Information on collaborative projects....

ICeWater (EUFP7)
ICeWater will increase the stability of freshwater supply to citizens in urban areas by adjusting the water supply to the actual consumption, while minimizing energy consumption through smart-grid integration and water spillage through leak detection. ICeWater uses wireless sensor networks for water flow monitoring and it provides a decision support system for the water utilities so that supply and demand patterns can be matched in real-time. As an additional benefit, leakage can be predicted with statistical methods so that water network damages can be mended even before they occur (fix-before-break). ICeWater uses wireless sensors of various types to provide real-time monitoring of water supply and demand. Based on the sensor data, decision support systems facilitate optimization of the water grid network operation (pumping schedules, pressure etc.). The demand management and consumption information is accessible online to the relevant actors in the water supply chain (including consumers) and allows dynamic pricing schemes with nudge-pricing to motivate behavioural change in customers causing critical consumption patterns. Services for asset management, such as predicting deterioration, leakage detection and leakage localization functionalities, will reduce water waste. New networking concepts (protocols, management of virtualized network resources) are required for better information flow, network resources management and sharing in a service oriented architecture (SOA). The information gathered with these services allows a better understanding of the consumers and to improve the effectiveness of the water resource management together with new metering and pricing schemes

IES Cities (EUFP7)
IES Cities will be the most recent project in a chain of several inter-related projects that are configured in such a way that each project favours the exploitation of project results of the others. IES Cities will adapt and use most of the technical components and achievements coming from previous projects in order to facilitate the use of an open technological platform in different cities across Europe, allowing the citizens to produce and consume internet-based services based on their own and external data related to the cities. The added value on IES Cities strives on the fact that no project before has considered so much the extent of the impact that the users may have on improving the open data in which services are usually based. The user-centred approach is a must for the success of the project. The target group of the project will be citizens, SMEs, ICT-Developing companies and public administration. IES Cities will provide a platform for different users in four cities across Europe. Each city will initially test the functionalities of the platform with different services, different at each location, in order to allow the users and the cities covering different needs under a common platform. The users will be able at all moment to enrich the services with their own data and purposing new development to be tested. The pre-defined services are different depending on the city where they will be deployed, as not all the cities count with the same data and the same needs for their citizens. These services will be focused on different areas (mobility, environment, health, culture, knowledge of the cities, etc.) The project is comprised from partners coming from five different countries and will deploy and validate the open-platform in cities from three different countries in Europe. The cities involved will be Zaragoza (ES), Bristol (UK), Rovereto (IT) and Majadahonda (ES).

The DIWINE project, led by the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, plans to investigate a completely new approach to wireless networking, based on a technology called physical layer network coding.  The new networking paradigm will be rooted in the classification of network nodes as “terminal” nodes and “cloud” nodes, where the former communicate with each other via the latter using minimal knowledge of the dense cloud network infrastructure, which will enable spectral/energy efficient communication to the highest degree.  Technology developed under the auspices of the project will be applied to what is known as the “Internet of Things” and one major application will be “smart grid” systems for energy distribution