ICT4Water Action Group "Interoperability & Standardization" (I&S)
Actions related to this group from the “Digital Water Action Plan”:
1) To develop an European Catalogue of ICT4Water standards and specifications including: Adoption of Priority and Feasibility of integration
2) Development of information exchange water standards26 including common languages to properly contextualise the business processes in the water domain (E.g. SAREF, Hy-Features, etc.)


Action Group news

ICT4Water cluster and ETSI cooperate to deliver open standards supporting digitalisation of the water domain

From the digitising of industrial processes to creating smart services for citizens, it is essential to accurately record data together with its context information and to transfer these without misinterpretation to other systems.

The  Interoperability and Standardisation (I&S) Action Group of the ICT4Water cluster is closely collaborating with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop open standards for the water domain.

In 2020, this cooperation reached a milestone when a Smart Applications REFerence (SAREF) ontology for the water domain was released. A SAREF is a family of standards that allows devices from different providers and different sectors to communicate among them in the framework of Internet of Things. SAREF ontologies for other domains (in total ten) were already released and updated in the last years (for example energy, environment, buildings, health, transport, smart industry and manufacturing, smart agri-food, etc.) but the new one for the water sector was released only this year.

Aitor Corchero, one of the leaders of the (I&S) Action Group has underlined that this is an important step towards the further and safest use of smart technologies aiming at a more efficient use of water resources.

This new tool, called SAREF4WATR, is accessible on a page where specialists can explore documentation (terms definitions, examples, schemas) and freely download such ontology.

Complementing this ontology, the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Context Information Management (ISG CIM) is developing a cross-domain model and an application programming interface to allow the data exchange, using ontologies such as SAREF4WATR to contextualise the information.

The ICT4Water cluster promotes the digitalisation of the water sector as outlined in its action plan. One of the pillars of such action plan is to increase interoperability and the use of open standards between water digital systems at EU and national levels. The work done by projects and organisations from the ICT4Water cluster in deploying field demonstrations using these open standards provided key inputs for the release of the new SAREF ontology for water.

Contribution by: Franck Le Gall, Aitor Corchero Rodriguez, and Xavier Domingo Albin.

Read the original article at the EASME website.

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