INTCATCH will change the way current in which river and lake water monitoring is implemented. The project will accomplish this by developing efficient, user friendly water monitoring strategies and systems based on innovative technologies that will be able to provide real time data for important parameters. The new business model will transform water governance by facilitating sustainable water quality management by community groups and NGOs using a decision support system and eco-innovative technologies. The INTCATCH systems will be implemented and validated in the urban London and rural Great Ouse rivers in the UK and in Lake Garda (Italy) and will be demonstrated in Lake Yliki (Greece) and in River Tier (Spain).
Technological innovation in water quality monitoring
INTCATCH will deliver technological innovation in water quality monitoring to take on the challenges highlighted:
- Autonomous and radio controlled boats to provide better access and coverage of waterbodies
- Innovative Sensors make monitoring easier and cheaper for ‘non-experts’ to do, and do 'more effective monitoring for less’
- Next Generation DNA test kits provide faster, better results
- Innovative Treatment systems – for combined sewer outflows
- Decision Support System optimizes the water quality monitoring strategies and, ultimately, the management of the water bodies via measures in River Basin Plans
- Cloud based geo referenced data management solutions to support sharing with whole community and raising alerts in time to take action to protect end users/uses.
The business model and value proposition
The INTCATCH consortium has been awarded €7.5M to deliver smart solutions towards water monitoring and decision making. The consortium is Brunel University (Mark Scrimshaw). The consortium consists of 20 partners from Europe, consisting of Universities, research institutes, SMEs, large companies, Regional and Water authorities and NGOs. The project starts on June 2016 and will have a total duration of 44 months.