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 problem is the project is addressing?
Currently, the water sector is progressively incorporating sensors into its infrastructure, such as the water distribution network. However, there is a notable lack of infrastructure to fully capitalise on the collected data.

As climate change intensifies and forecasts regarding potable water availability seeming increasingly bleak, the water sector faces increasing strain. Water utilities will thus be compelled to address water-related challenges with heightened care and responsibility.

How is it solving the problem?

The Naiades project endeavours to create a set of “plug and play” solutions. By simply “plugging in” data sources, water utilities can gain access to the “play”, a range of services that complement existing tools for addressing water-related challenges.

In addition to the “plug-and-play” services, IRCAI, as part of Naiades, is actively developing a “Water Observatory” (WO) website, a platform that monitors water-related events worldwide. The Water Observatory facilitates insights into water-related issues through data analysis and AI, catering to both water experts and the general public.

What is the Logic of the Data of the Project?
Naiades is basing its services on a diverse set of data sources: (*) data accumulated from water utilities through their sensors (*) weather data obtained through national weather agencies / weather stations (*) various public water-related data sources (*) and several proprietary data sources (in relation to the Water Observatory).
Who are the partners and what data will they provide?
The cities of Alicante, Braila, and Carouge serve as Naiades pilots, contributing the majority of the data for Naiades services. Weather data is sourced partly through pilots (weather stations) and partly through national weather agencies. The Water Observatory relies on a combination of local and global public data sources, along with 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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