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Future Water Virtual Networks Group Meeting
20th January 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Virtual Networks Group is a new initiative that has developed out of Future Water Networks 2020.
The challenge being addressed is to create a virtual place where water company network managers and operators, and the supply chain, can share knowledge and/or collaborate on innovations and emerging products and services aimed at specific areas (such as managing leakage, meeting leakage targets, making sewers smarter) for mutual benefit.
As a focus, the group will:
- Allow water companies and supply chain to exchange knowledge freely
- Encourage participation from experienced and younger water professionals
- Encourage a mutual level of trust between users
- Be unbiased and precompetitive
- Provide templates for testing and reporting of innovative and emerging technologies, to allow objective and robust reporting of trials and evaluations
- Compile and report statistics and numbers on emerging technologies and services
- Allow water companies to communicate their future needs and requirements to the supply chain.
- Store, share and access reports/documentation on trials and evaluations of hard and soft technologies
- Allow water companies to collaborate and identify areas/companies who might be best placed to test different technologies (for example smart cities being used to test and evaluate technologies such as NbIOT, Lorawan other comms tech)
- Share data, questions and ideas
Outcomes for the Virtual Networks Group:
- To realise the benefits of new and emerging technologies more quickly, by sharing knowledge, evaluating and bringing them to market more quickly.
- Share best practices for the use new technology
- Identifying “Islands of excellence” that exist around various companies (water companies and the supply chain) and sharing their knowledge.
- Assessing innovations and emerging technologies and services once and sharing that knowledge
- Collaborating on future evaluations
- Promoting industry needs and requirements across the supply chain