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SmartH2O: an ICT Platform to leverage on Social Computing for the efficient management of Water Consumption (SmartH2O)
Start date: Apr 1, 2014, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Description SmartH2O: an ICT Platform to leverage on Social Computing for the efficient management of Water Consumption  The SmartH2O project develops an ICT platform for improving the management of urban and peri-urban water demand thanks to the integrated use of smart meters, social computation, and dynamic water pricing, based on advanced models of consumer behavior.The SmartH2O project aims to provide water utilities, municipalities and citizens, with an ICT-enabled platform to design, develop and implement better water management practices and policies, leading to a reduction in water consumption, without compromising the quality of life, and to an increase in resource security.The solution proposed by the SmartH2O project is to develop an ICT platform that will be able to:• Understand and model the consumers’ current behaviour on the basis of historical and real-time water usage data; • Predict how the consumer behaviour can be influenced by various water demand management policies, from water savings campaigns, to social awareness campaigns, to dynamic water pricing schemes; • Raise the awareness of water consumers on their current water usage habits and their lifestyle implications and to stimulate them to reduce water use; The SmartH2O ICT infrastructure will thus enable water managers to close the loop between actual water consumption levels and desired targets, using information about how the consumers have adapted their behavior to the new situation (e.g. new regulations, new water prices, appeals to water savings during droughts). This feedback will then allow to aptly revise the water demand management policies, enabling to maximise the water and energy saving goalsExpected ResultsThe project is expected to demonstrate how social awareness and dynamic pricing instruments can modify the behavior of water use.  A quantifiable reduction of water consumption is expected, especially in drought periods, when water is scarcer. Water utilities can therefore assess the impact of smart metering to improve the efficiency of their operations.

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