Behind the sensors - Interview with Jordi Raich

2020-06-12 15:48:18

The following is based on an interview with Jordi Raich, the Managing Director of s::can Iberia.

How to choose which sensor to use?

It starts with listening to the wishes of the client Jordi Raich explains. S::can is one of the 14 project partners in the SCOREwater project, and they develop the sensors used in the Barcelona case study. "It's not only the sensor itself that is important". Mr. Raich continues, "the sensor needs to come with the correct algorithm to be able to be able to function as accurate as possible and on top of that there is a software layer that processes the gathered data.


What's so special with the Barcelona Case?

The fact that these sensors will be used in the sewers is already a special feat on it's own. Monitoring sewers is difficult due to the (possible) toxic environment and the challenge to keep the sensor clean. Furthermore it's difficult to install these sensors in sewers and it requires other equipment like pumps to be able to gather the measurements. The lessons learned from this process can be used for future projects.


How many research sites are there?

For now there are three test sites that are carefully selected, based on certain socioeconomic aspects, by the parties active in the Barcelona case. These test sites are located in three different neighbourhoods and won't be disclosed to prevent manipulation of the research data.


How many sensors are deployed?

There have been tests, but due to the COVID19 pandemic there are some delays in the placement of the sensors, but it won't take long before they are up and running.


What makes you proud

Proud for adapting the technology to the specific circumstances of the project. There are very ambitious parameters too monitor. Not only will the data help with maintaining the sewers, detecting blockages, but the data will also help to  understand consumer habits.

Read more about the SCOREwater project in the year 1 overview (PDF):