The research project “PerManeNt” aims at developing a technologically advanced central system – an integrated platform, with the capacity to expand, while acting as “umbrella” to the existing infrastructure, providing tools that facilitate the monitoring of energy consumption, the operation of individual system components, and the assessment of the corresponding environmental footprint.

Environmental Benefits

Continuous assessment and monitoring of the operational costs, energy consumption, and the overall environmental footprint of the water supply network of the City of Patras.

Reduction of the energy consumption related to pumping, treatment and distribution of drinking water, with subsequent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

Protection and sustainable use of water resources, as well as reduction of the energy consumption, through management of overflows and detection of extensive leaks in the network.


Social Benefits (Impacts)

Raising citizens’ awareness regarding environmental issues, for rational use of water.

Promotion of the city of Patras as a modern urban center with a holistic approach towards improving living standards and advancing sustainable development.

Promotion of innovative entrepreneurship, by developing new methods and intelligent tools for data analysis and information retrieval (mining and analysis of bigdata).

Improvement of pricing policy.

Reduction of water supply interruption incidents.

Creation of new jobs.

Benefits to the administrator of the network

Reduction of water losses and ensurement of the network’s hydraulic resilience, by controlling the pressure and overflows / leaks at selected locations of the external aqueduct system.

Optimal planning of repair and maintenance activities, and / or replacement of installed equipment, through automated notifications/alarms.

Scheduling of water supply interruption for repair and maintenance activities.

Implementation of alternative operating schedules for the existing infrastructure (pumping wells, pumping stations, regulating tanks, etc.) to more efficiently manage emergency scenarios (e.g. firefighting).

Continuous monitoring of malfunctions/failures at pumping well facilities, pipelines, pumping stations, as well as other critical locations of the network.

Early detection of malfunctions, failures and bursts in the external aqueduct system.

More efficient planning of network extensions and upgrades, e.g. by increasing the water supply capacity through progressive development of complementary and/or new projects.

More efficient use of human resources.

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“The financial and commercial exploitation of the project results is expected to bring significant corporate benefits, once the operation of the platform is implemented at a larger scale (e.g. by expansion to include networks of other cities), constituting a commercially exploitable product.”

The participating companies is expected to expand their activities in new sectors, by developing specialized applications in the field of water services, while the research partners involved will enhance their know-how and specialization.

All foregoing will result, among many other, in the creation of new jobs within the constantly developing commercial and technological field of information technology, with the ultimate goal of environmental protection and promotion of sustainable development.