Digitization of the drinking and waste water sector unavoidable

Fri 10 December 2021

Developments in the field of digitization of drinking water and waste water companies are moving fast. ICT is becoming increasingly dominant in the water sector. “Previously you mainly had to have a lot of knowledge of water and a little bit of automation, now you have to be an ICT specialist with knowledge of water. Digitization is crucial for optimizing water management," said course leader Martijn Bakker (RHDHV) recently in Fluids Processing.

The future of the water sector lies in the cloud. Despite this, drinking water and waste water companies are still reluctant to switch to the cloud. “I do understand that: it is vital infrastructure and drinking water companies want to protect it. Don't even think about getting hacked! But in the future, certain applications will no longer be available outside the cloud, making the switch inevitable. It is therefore important that the ICT infrastructure of the drinking water supply meets the highest safety standards,” says Bakker. He also emphasizes the need for smart control and monitoring systems: “they make it possible to control more pumping stations with fewer people.”

On March 24 and 25, 2022, PAOTM will organize the new course Digitization in drinking and waste water. Under the leadership of Martijn Bakker, and together with experts from TU Delft, Microsoft and KWR, among others, the application of machine learning, digital twins and serious gaming is discussed. In addition, data security, cybersecurity and policy choices regarding smart water in the water sector are discussed. This course is part of our water program. This program consists of a comprehensive range of courses covering all aspects of the water cycle, based on the latest developments, new research and innovation.

Are you curious about an introduction to the main themes of this digital transformation? On January 21 (15:00-16:00) we are organizing the webinar Digital transformation of the water sector (in Dutch), in which the developments of the past decades are discussed and a look at the work field in 2025 is given.

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