In modern society citizens expect and rely upon a constant and low-cost supply of clean water that is fit to consume directly from the tap.
Water distribution systems though are vulnerable to deliberate, accidental or natural contamination, having many potential entry points for rapid and extensive distribution of harmful substances.
The ISIS project aims to enhance public security by developing an advanced monitoring system for drinking water networks that instantly detects chemical or biological contamination and gives a clear indication of the risk level.
Financed by the Seventh Framework Programme, the project brings together European water company end-users with security and sensor specialists from the research, academic and SME communities.
The ISIS project will combine advances in the state-of-the-art in four main areas:
- wireless networks
- intelligent surveillance strategies and
- integrated risk analysis software.
This combination of technologies will enable a major advance in security systems, giving a monitoring capability to water suppliers that is not currently available.
It will provide immediate alerts of chemical or biological contaminations and, crucially, indicate not only the location and nature of the hazard, but also the level of risk. This will allow appropriate informed action to be taken and will minimise the chance of false alarms, which are not only costly to water companies but also cause unnecessary panic and disruption to the general population.
The ISIS consortium brings together water company end-users with security and sensor specialists from the research, academic and SME communities across Europe.
For more information on ISIS, contact:
C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, Chester, CH1 6EH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 151 347 2900
Fax: +44 (0) 151 347 2901