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Data & Sensoring

Digitisation of the water cycle is in full progress. The intelligent use of all data from the water cycle, in combination with data from other sources, and the use of sensors offer excellent opportunities to take the digitisation process a step further. Waternet will use new technology to collect and share information. This creates a pressure cooker situation in which new knowledge is generated, resulting in data-driven decision-making processes and data-driven business operations.


Waternet aims to be fully data-driven by 2024; i.e. decision-making processes will be completely based on facts and operations will be based on data. This will help Waternet to:

  • Organise processes better and more-cost-effectively
  • Manage operations more efficiently and effectively
  • Better serve clients and customers


Knowledge Agenda

To further improve data & sensoring, Waternet will do more research on:

  • Citizen science
  • Use of sonar data
  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Augmented Reality for realtime groundwater levels
  • Artificial Intelligence to improve customer services 


Current projects

An overview of the projects in the field of data & sensoring can be found on (). Some examples of projects are:

  • The hydrogen drone - fly longer with more sensors. More information ().
  • The wastewater research street: here we introduce and test sensors, data-driven controls and decision support based on artificial intelligence. More information.
  • The Digital Canal: a dashboard with information collected by sensors and smart cameras about Amsterdam's water traffic. More information ().
  • Smart water meters. More information.
  • Emily the sailing drone to detect rubbish in the canals. More information ().