A holistic water ecosystem for digitalisation of urban water sector


The project is an innovation action, meaning, the majority of work is focused on implementation of novel approaches / technologies in the water sector. Website:

What is the problem the project is addressing?

Currently, the water sector is increasingly introducing (installing) sensors on its infrastructure (e.g. water distribution network), but lacking the infrastructure to take advantage of its data collection.

With the climate change on the rise and its not optimistic forecasts in relation to (potable) water availability, this field will come under even bigger pressure, forcing water utilities to handle water-related problems with greater care and responsibility.

How is it solving the problem?

The Naiades project aims to create a set of »plug and play« solutions. By simply »plugging in« data source(s), water utilities gain the access to the »play«, meaning, a series of services that will complement the tools water utilities are using to tackle water-related problems.

Next to the »plug-and-play« services, IRCAI, within Naiades, is developing a »Water Observatory« (WO), a website, monitoring water related events. WO enables insights into water related issues through data analysis and AI and is built for water experts and the general public.

What is the logic of the data in the project?

Naiades is basing its services on a diverse data sources: (*) data, accumulated by data water utilities through their sensors (*) weather data obtained through national agencies / weather stations (*) various public water-related data sources (*) several proprietary data sources (in relation to Water Observatory).

Which partners are bringing which data?

The city of Alicante, Braila nad Carouge are Naiades pilots and are providing majority of data for Naiades services. Weather data are obtained partly through pilots (weather stations) and partly through weather national agencies. Water Observatory is based on (local&global) public data sources and several proprietary data sources and services.

Tangible results

Apps available in Google Play or AppStore (a direct link is not yet available), Water Observatory website at


International Research Centre
on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)
under the auspices of UNESCO 

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana


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