Artificial Intelligence comes to the water sector with EDAR 360

EDAR 360 is a new innovation project committed to developing artificial intelligence solutions in the field of wastewater treatment, in line with one of Europe’s major strategic pillars.

We find ourselves in a context in which population growth, changes in eating habits and the current climate crisis pose increasingly daunting challenges for the very complex and dynamic field of integrated urban water cycle management. Indeed, these factors are expected to result in a 40% increase in water requirements by 2030, with an additional negative impact on the environment and biodiversity.

In this context, artificial intelligence and data technologies become the perfect allies to improve decision-making in the water sector. EDAR 360 was born with a very clear goal: to develop advanced digital solutions that facilitate progress towards optimal sanitation management.

EDAR 360, Artificial Intelligence for more efficient integrated urban water cycle management

EDAR 360 focuses on optimising wastewater treatment processes and achieving full protection of related cyber-physical systems in order to favour the conservation of water bodies in Galicia through the application of digital solutions.

EDAR 360 is an innovative public-private project coordinated by Viaqua in collaboration with Galician technology-based companies Syspro Automation S.L.U. and Ednon S.L., as well as the Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG) and Cetaqua Galicia, Galician Water Research Centre Foundation research centres. The project forms part of the Conecta Hubs 2021 programme, subsidised by the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) and co-funded by the ERDF within the framework of the Galicia ERDF 2014-2020 operational programme.

The development of the EDAR 360 project system will enable research in some of the most significant digital fields of the day, such as the integration and governance of large volumes of heterogeneous data, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models for the detection of process events in wastewater treatment plants, cybersecurity, inspection robotics and, finally, the development of hybrid cloud/Edge architectures and federated learning. Research in each of these disciplines will be carried out by the different project partners. This will enable analysis of each subsystem, and of the system as a whole, so that the final results of the industrial research work carried out during the execution of the project will cover the main digitalisation needs identified.

Viaqua, the project leader, will provide the consortium with know-how in wastewater treatment, sanitation and urban water cycle management and will define the application requirements necessary for the development of the actions within the framework of the project, in addition to providing the data infrastructure. The ITG and Cetaqua technology centres will be responsible for the development of the computer vision-based tools and the federated architecture. SYSPRO will provide its expertise in industrial robotics and EDNON will lead the development of cybersecurity tasks. This multidisciplinary team will be one of the keys to success in terms of achieving the project goals.

Published in: Nº 89 FuturENVIRO – April – May 2022