Catalan company s::can presents in Singapore a worldwide pioneering system to analyse urban drinking water in real time

14.07.2016

The Catalan company s::can presented this week in Singapore a worldwide pioneering system to monitor water quality in urban supply networks in real time. It is one of the 11 companies and entities participating in the trade mission organized this week by Catalonia Trade & Investment in Singapore and headed by the Director General for Industry, Núria Betriu.

The company has been selected by the Singapore International Water Week to present their project to other companies and public authorities from all over the world. This event, held every two years, is part of the Singapore government programme to develop the water industry sector, and gathers together international players in the field to share experiences and best practices, discover the latest technology trends and to close business opportunities. 

The s::can system controls in real time water quality via the installation of sensors placed at different points along the supply network, monitoring up to 10 parameters. In addition to determining the most standard parameters, such as chlorine and pH, it also monitors others, thanks to an optical sensor that can measure colour, turbidity, total organic carbon or nitrates. Data is then sent out continuously and automatically from a terminal processing all the information and warns the water supplier of possible incidents –such as the presence of compounds not usually found in water, or a pollutant, for example – both via warnings to the control centre or to a mobile phone. 

According to the managing director of s::can Iberia, Jordi Raich, "it is a pioneering project at an international level and we have been selected to give a presentation at the Singapore International Water Week, which is not that easy. We are very satisfied, we know we will be heard by leading worldwide water sector companies, public authorities and representatives of cities seeking solutions like ours." So far, Raich said, "to analyse the quality of water, supply management companies had to take water samples, send them to a laboratory and analyse them”. The director general of s::can goes on to emphasise that “with this system, however, we change to a preventive management system" while declaring that they have received enquiries from local companies, from companies in Europe in general and also from China.  

In fact, this new system has already been successfully tested in the city of Tarragona, in Catalonia. According to the managing director of Ematsa, Daniel Milan "after successfully passing the pilot test, in which we validated this equipment as well as the integration of other sensors in their own s::can software, the Tarragona Water Board, run by the city of Tarragona and the Agbar group, decided to implement, in cooperation with the Tarragona Water Consortium, this control system at various supply points as a way of increasing the guarantees on the safety of the water distributed to the homes of our users"

s::can is one of the 11 Catalan companies and organizations that participated until Wednesday in the Singapore business mission organized by Catalonia Trade & Investment - the public agency for business competitiveness headed by the Director General for Industry, Núria Betriu. The trip was designed to coincide with the celebration of the most important fairs in Asia in the fields of water, environment and smart cities: the World Cities Summit, the Singapore International Water Week and Clean Enviro Summit.  

The Catalan companies held personal meetings with Asian and other worldwide companies in these three areas, set up by the Catalonia Trade & Investment office in Singapore in collaboration with business entities in the country. Catalan companies explored potential customers and local partners to introduce themselves and expand their presence in the country. They also visited various government agencies in Singapore. 

On her side, the Director General for Industry held meetings with companies from Singapore looking into investing in Catalonia. At the end of the mission she met with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Research Foundation – which sets the guidelines for R&D and national innovation – and Singapore Manufacturing Federation, the country’s largest business federation, among others.

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