This Horizon Prize will award € 2million to any entity (innovators, SMEs and non-profit organisations acting alone or together with other entities) that will come up with a breakthrough solution able to boost self-powered energy consumption in Smart Water Management System. The best applications will be invited to demonstrate their solutions in front of a jury, to assess the cumulative award criteria: positive impact, reliability and innovative design.
Why this Prize?
The Climate change, water scarcity, the growing world population, the mainly increased urbanization are several of the factors driving global challenges for water management. Wireless sensor using harvesting technologies and Decision Support System for Water management monitoring are already available. But there is a need to put together wireless sensors using self-powered technologies and demonstrate the positive impact on energy consumption in acquiring, monitoring, communicating and analysing information about water resources.
By stimulating efforts at European level this Horizon Prize will empower the Water distributors with solutions based on self-powered wireless sensor network platform, designed for real-time monitoring of water resources.
This Horizon Prize is expected to stimulate creative thinking across established water distributors, water management equipment suppliers, ICT sector and industrial and academic research organisations. The results will be breakthrough solutions that can drive the European industry forward by promoting transition of ICT technologies in water sector from pilot scale to wide market uptake to end up with the creation of a European borderless Digital Single Market for water services.
The winning solution is expected to put together wireless sensors using harvesting technologies and demonstrate positive impact in integrated Decision Support Systems for sustainable water resources management in natural or man-made environments.
Additionally, on top of the three cumulative award criteria "Positive impact", "Reliability" and Innovative design", it is requested to improve the efficiency of existing and possible new monitoring parameters, coupled with an interoperable solution, easy to deploy.
The call for submission will run from 19 December 2017 until 11 September 2018.
The rules of contest are available online.