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A highly sucessful Final Conference of SMART-MET (23.12.21)

On December 14, more than 100 people attended the final conference of the SMART.MET research project funded by Horizon2020, to learn about innovative technological solutions in the field of smart water meters, which were developed and tested in the field during the 5 years project. The conference was also the opportunity to further discuss the conditions for the digitization of the water sector together with representatives of European institutions, water operators and other stakeholders.

The SMART.MET research project, in which FNCA has participated, has been funded within the framework of the EU Horizon2020, program to promote the development of innovative solutions for smart meters, through the launch of a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) research project, led by 7 public European water operators one of which is Promedio (Badajoz). Innovative technological solutions have been developed and tested in 5 different sites in Europe (Budapest, Venice Region, Alsace, Liège and Badajoz Province).

The innovative smart water meter systems, developed by the two selected companies (Telereading, Italy and Hydroko, Belgium), responded to most of the needs pinpointed by the utilities and seem to outperform existing products on the market, thus bringing some significant benefits for water utilities (better planning of their infrastructure renewal and improving their customer services), for users (accurate consumption monitoring and better information on consumption patterns) and the environment (less waste).

More information: http://smart-met.eu ; Twitter: @SmartMet_PCP; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Final conference SMART-MET (23.09.21)

The SMART.MET final conference will be the opportunity to learn more about the technological innovations that have been developed in the framework of the project, as well as to the discuss the implication of PCP approach to stimulate innovation in the water sector. The partners of the consortium will discuss the outcomes of the project with representatives of European institutions, regulators, and other stakeholders.

The conference will be followed in the afternoon by technological fair. Water utilities and experts will have the chance to explore - more in-depth and from a technical perspective - the potentialities of the new solutions by dialoguing directly with the companies that developed the innovative smart meters, as well as the representatives from water utilities that have tested the solutions on the field.

More information: http://www.smart-met.eu/events/smartmet-final-conference-online-14-december-2021 

 

The SMART-MET consortium concludes the installation of 3.000 innovative smart water metering solutions in five European sites

The seven public water utilities partners in the EU-funded research project SMART.MET have concluded the installation of 3000 prototypes of two different innovative smart water meters in five different testing sites across Europe.

The objective of the SMART.MET - Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for Water Smart Metering research and innovation project, funded under Horizon2020 programme, is to drive the development of new innovative solutions to deal with the collection and management of smart metering data, through a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). The PCP, jointly launched by seven public water utilities partners in the consortium, has been carried out under Italian law and is articulated into three phases: Phase 1 - exploration and design of new solutions (completed in March 2019); Phase 2 development of operational prototypes of selected solutions (completed in March 2020); Phase 3 field testing of the prototypes (in progress).

The SMART.MET consortium announced today that the seven public water utilities participating in the research project have concluded the installation of 600 prototypes in five different testing sites (3000 in total). The prototypes have been provided by the two companies, Telereading (Italy) and Hydroko, Ng (Belgium), which have been awarded to execute the last phase of the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). The two companies’ prototypes had previously passed a technological test at the laboratories of Eau de Paris (France) and Budapest Waterworks (Hungary), two of the seven public water utilities partners in the consortium.
The tests of the installed prototypes will take place until the end of September 2021 in different sites, managed by public operators. One such place is Zafra, managed by PROMEDIO, a regional consortium of the Provincial Council of Badajoz, that provides water supply and sanitation services to the municipalities of the region.

Among other results, the new systems will allow accurate real-time metering data on detection of leaks and/or network damages and to better inform users on their water consumption, which will benefit both the environment (less waste) and end-users (lower bills).

The result of the SMART.MET (PCP for Water Smart Metering) will be presented at the closing conference at the end of this year.

SMART.MET - PCP for Water Smart Metering is a European project funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme and launched in 2017. Among other entities, the public operator Promedio (Extremadura, Spain) and the New Water Culture Foundation are participating in the project.
More information: Página web: http://smart-met.eu; Twitter: @SmartMet_PCP

 

SMART.MET will test new smart metering solutions in five European sites

On 30 November 2020, the smart.met consortium announced the two companies that have passed the selection procedure for Phase 3 of the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) that will involve the ‘development of a test series and field testing’ of innovative smart-metering solutions.

Following the conclusion of Phase II that focused on ‘developing an operational prototype of the solution’, and after a thorough assessment, these two companies have been admitted to participate in Phase 3 and awarded contracts for the implementation and ground testing of smart meter prototypes.

  • Telereading (Italy)

  • Hydroko, Ng (Belgium)

The companies will now have the opportunity to test their solutions in five European sites. 1500 prototypes will be tested in five different countries: the region of Sélestat (France), Vicenza (Italy), Zafra (Spain), Liége and Herstal (Belgium), and Budapest (Hungary). The test sites represent a diversity of urban, rural or mixed sites. Through the field testing the companies will demonstrate the validity of their proposed prototypes in all their components: meter, communication infrastructure, and control systems.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme, the smart.met project aims to promote demand-driven research into the development of new innovative smart meter solutions that fully cater to the needs of water utilities, in terms of readability, battery lifetime and cost.

The consortium is composed of seven public water utilities from five different EU countries which came together in the smart.met project with the objective to launch a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to guide the development of new technologies based on open technological platforms for the remote reading of water meters.

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) provides the support for research and development services to be directed to specific needs. It is a unique instrument to foster competition for the development of a high quality product whilst providing an adapted answer to common needs and opening new markets for companies.

Carried out under Italian law, the PCP is structured into three phases: Phase 1, focusing on solutions’ exploration and design (completed); Phase 2, focusing on developing an operational prototype of the solution (completed), and Phase 3 on ground testing of the solutions, (in progress).

Driving the development of new solutions for smart water metering data collection and management.

More information:

Website: http://smart-met.eu

Twitter: @SmartMet_PCP

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SMART.MET project: Successful contractors selected to participate in the testing phase of their innovative smart metering solutions

The aim of the SMART.MET project, led by a group of 7 European water utilities, is to drive the development of new technologies to deal with the collection and management of smart metering data, through a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) divided into three phases: Phase 1 focusing on a solution exploration and design (done), Phase 2, focusing on developing operational prototype of the solution (done), and the Phase 3 on ground testing solutions, that is starting now.

On March 27, 2020, the smart.met consortium announced the three companies that had successfully and satisfactorily completed the Phase 2 execution and were thus considered eligible to compete for the Phase 3 contract awarding involving the ‘testing’ stage of smart metering solutions. The consortium launched the call for tenders of Phase 3 on June 10, 2020, with an updated calendar adapted to the COVID-19 context.

Following the completion of Phase 1 and 2 – involving the submission of a proof of concept and subsequent development of a prototype – three out of the four initial contractors succeeded in demonstrating the functionality of their innovative technological solutions for water smart metering, as well as the validity of the prototypes in all their components: meter, communication infrastructure and control systems. The three economic operators invited to bid are:

Dynamic Consulting, Abering Contadores de Agua, Gomez Group Metering (Spain)

Hydroko, Ng (Belgium)

Telereading (Italy)

The above mentioned economic operators have proposed significant innovative smart metering solutions based on new intelligent machines systems aiming at improving water utilities metering needs. According to the proposed solutions, water utilities should be able to obtain accurate real-time metering data which will lead to the improvement of network management with regard to detection of leaks, optimisation of the amount of supplied water, and improved better-tailored customer service. The economic operators have paid special attention to data security by proposing to incorporate cybersecurity and encryption systems into the meters’ data transmission system. This will ensure that access to collected data is strictly limited and protected.

The features and functionalities of the smart-meter prototypes are going to be tested during this final phase in five different sites that represent a diversity of urban, rural or mixed sites, and where the water utilities which compose the buyers’ group operate: region of Sélestat (France), Vicenza (Italy), Zafra (Spain), Liége and Herstal (Belgium), and Budapest (Hungary).

About SMART.MET (PCP for Water Smart Metering)

SMART.MET (PCP for Water Smart Metering) is a European project funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme launched in 2017. The SMART.MET project aims at promoting demand-driven research into the development of new innovative smart meter solutions that fully cater to the needs of water utilities.

Smart water metering presents itself as an effective solution to the challenges faced by the majority of European water utilities today, from extreme events induced by climate change to the need to replace ageing infrastructure. Indeed, providing access to accurate data in real-time can help decrease operating costs and prioritise infrastructure investments, while improving the daily management of networks and customer services

The buyers’ group is composed of seven water utilities from five different EU countries which came together in the SMART.MET project to guide the development of new technologies based on open technological platforms for the remote reading of water meters.

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) concerns the procurement of research and development services. It is a unique instrument to foster competition for the development of high quality and alternative solutions whilst providing an adapted answer to common needs and opening new markets for companies.

Driving the development of new solutions for smart water metering data collection and management.

 

SMART.MET launches the prototyping of new smart metering solutions (31.07.19)

On 19 July 2019, the smart.met consortium announced the four companies to be awarded a Phase 2 contract for the ‘prototyping’ stage of the pre-commercial procurement (PCP), which will last until April 2020. 

The companies will now have the opportunity to demonstrate the functionalities of their solutions, as well as the validity of the prototypes in all their components: meter, communication infrastructure, and control systems.

Following the tendering process (see here), opened on 29 June, and subsequent Phase I on ‘solution exploration and design’, from December 2018 to March 2019, the consortium has decided to award a contract to four companies, based on both a technical and an economic evaluation of the offers submitted:

  • Dynamic Consulting, Abering Contadores de Agua, Gomez Group Metering (Spain) – read abstract
  • Hydroko, Ng (Belgium) – read abstract
  • Fast S.P.A (Italy) – read abstract
  • Telereading (Italy) – read abstract

Next, from July 2020 to May 2021, providers will be selected to carry out the field testing of the proposed solutions.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme, the smart.met project aims to promote demand-driven research into the development of new innovative smart meter solutions that fully cater to the needs of water utilities, in terms of readability, battery lifetime, interoperability and cost.

The consortium is composed of seven water utilities from five different EU countries which came together in the smart.met project with the objective to launch a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to guide the development of new technologies based on open technological platforms for the remote reading of water meters.  

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) provides the support for research and development services to be directed to specific needs. It is a unique instrument to foster competition for the development of a high quality product whilst providing an adapted answer to common needs and opening new markets for companies.

Carried out under Italian law between 2018 and 2021, the PCP will include a total of three phases: solution exploration and design, prototyping and field-testing.

You can download the official announcement below.

Driving the development of new solutions for smart water metering data collection and management.

More information:

Website: http://smart-met.eu

Twitter: @SmartMet_PCP

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731996.

 

Start of Smart.Met Phase I (01.01.19)

The SMART.MET consortium announced the start of the first phase of the project, awarding four European economic operators a contract for the ‘solution exploration and design’ stage of the pre-commercial procurement (PCP), which will last until the end of March 2019.

The economic operators are asked to conduct research to elaborate the solution design and determine the approach to be taken to develop the new solutions as well as demonstrate the technical, financial and commercial feasibility of the proposed concepts and approach.

Following the tendering process (see here), opened on 29 June, the consortium has selected four economic operators, based on both a technical and an economic evaluation of their offers:

Dynamic Consulting, Abering Contadores de Agu, Gomez Group Metering (Spain)
Telereading (Italy)
Hydroko, Ng (Belgium)
Fast S.P.A (Italy)

Carried out under Italian law between 2018 and 2021, the PCP will include a total of three phases: solution exploration and design, prototyping and field-testing.

Read the economic operators’ abstracts here.

Dynamic Consulting, Abering Contadores de Agu, Gomez Group Metering (Spain)
Telereading (Italy)
Hydroko, Ng (Belgium)
Fast S.P.A (Italy)

 Funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme, with €3,240,000, the SMART.MET project aims to promote demand-driven research into the development of new innovative smart meter solutions that fully cater to the needs of water utilities, in terms of readability, battery lifetime, interoperability and cost.

The consortium is composed of seven water utilities from five different EU countries which came together in the SMART.MET project with the objective to launch a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to guide the development of new technologies based on open technological platforms for the remote reading of water meters.  

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) provides the support for research and development services to be directed to specific needs. It is a unique instrument to foster competition for the development of a high quality product whilst providing an adapted answer to common needs and opening new markets for companies.

Carried out under Italian law between 2018 and 2021, the PCP will include a total of three phases: solution exploration and design, prototyping and field-testing.

Driving the development of new solutions for smart water metering data collection and management.

More information:

Website: http://smart-met.eu

Twitter: @SmartMet_PCP

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kick-off meeting of Smart.Met Phase I (20.12.18)

On 20 December 2018, the Phase I of the Smart.Met project (“Smart WaterMetering”) will officially start with a kicl-off meeting in Brussels, with presence of the SMART.MET consortium and the four companies to be awarded a Phase 1 contract of the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of Smart.Met. This Phase, “Solution exploration and design”, will last until the end of March 2019.

The aim of the smart.met project, led by a group of 7 water utilities, is to drive the development of new technologies to deal with the collection and management of smart metering data in water supply, through a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).

During Phase 2, “Prototyping”, the selected providers will develop an operational prototype of their solution, to demonstrate its capacity to answer the users’ needs. During Phase 3, “Field testing”, the selected prototypes will be implemented simultaneously in the testing sites (urban, rural, mixed sites), to test their robustness in different contexts, as well as their interoperability.

More info at: http://www.smart-met.eu/

 

Calling for cutting-edge water smart metering technology:SMART.MET project launched its request for tenders (09.07.18)

On 27th June, a group of seven water utilities from five different EU countries, part of the SMART.MET project consortium, launched a call for tenders inviting European companies to submit their offers for the development of an innovative technological solutions for water smart metering.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme, with €3,240,000, the SMART.MET project aims to promote demand-driven research into the development of new innovative smart meter solutions that fully cater to the needs of water utilities, in terms of readability, battery lifetime, interoperability and cost.

Water smart metering can provide effective solutions to challenges faced by many European utilities, such as climate change or necessary innovations in management of aging infrastructure. By providing accurate real-time data smart metering can lead to improved daily management of networks, lower operating costs, better prioritisation of infrastructure investments and improved customer service.

Launched in 2017, the SMART.MET project identified the common needs of participating public utilities and carried out open market consultations with representatives from both the industry and research sectors to investigate existing solutions in the market and the opportunities for technological innovation. Such consultations eventually highlighted that a solution fitting utilities’ needs in terms of readability, interoperability and cost-efficiency was not yet available on the market and, therefore, research and development in water smart metering was necessary.

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) provides the support for research and development services to be directed to specific needs. It is a unique instrument to foster competition for the development of a high quality product whilst providing an adapted answer to common needs and opening new markets for companies.

Carried out under Italian law between 2018 and 2021, the PCP will include three phases: solution exploration and design, prototyping and field-testing.

Companies wishing to submit an offer are now welcome to view the request for tenders (available in this link) and put forward their proposals.

 

Results of the Open Market Consultation on Smart Water Metering already available (26.04.18)

Results of the Open Market Consultations on Smart Water Metering are already available at the Webpage of the Smart.Met project (http://www.smart-met.eu/)

The Open Market Consultations consists of i) a questionnaire  published at  the project  website (http://www.smart-met.eu/omc-survey/), ii) four  Open  Market  Consultation  (OMC)  Meetings organized in  four  different European countries (Italy, Spain, Belgium and Hungary) and iii) a market survey through a questionnaire aimed to collect in depth technical information on innovative  and  commercialized  solutions. This dialogue allowed to identify available technologies and desired functionalities on smart water metering.

You can download the document here.

 

Over 20 companies meet in Madrid to exchange on innovative solutions for water metering

More than 20 companies, including water utilities, SMEs and large companies active in the water and ICT sectors met yesterday in Madrid to discuss smart water metering. The meeting was organised by the project consortium of the EU-funded SMART.MET project, which seeks to steer the development of new smart metering solutions for water through innovation procurement.

The  Madrid meeting was the first of four meetings that are being  organised during the month of September with the objective of checking the technological state of the art and availability of smart water  metering  solutions  and  identifying market risks that could affect  potential  suppliers  of innovative solutions. Ultimately, these meetings prepare a public tender aiming at procuring research and development  (R&D)  services  for  smart  water  meters.