WaterBox: A testbed for monitoring and controlling smart water networks

Sokratis Kartakis, Edo Abraham, Julie A. McCann

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Abstract

Smart water distribution networks are a good example of a large scale Cyber-Physical System that requires monitoring for precise data analysis and network control. Due to the critical nature of water distribution, an extensive simulation of decision making and control algorithms are required before their deployment. Although some aspects of water network behaviour can be simulated in software such as hydraulic responses in valve changes, software simulators are unable to include dynamic events such as leakages or bursts in physical models. Furthermore, due to safety concerns, contemporary large-scale testbeds are limited to the monitoring processes or control methods with well established safety guarantees. Sophisticated algorithms for dynamic and optimal water network reconfiguration are not yet widespread. This paper presents a small-scale testbed, WaterBox, which allows the simulation of emerging/advanced monitoring and control algorithms in a fail-safe environment. The flexible hydraulic, hardware, and software infrastructure enables a substantial number of experiments. On-going experiments are related to in-node data processing and decision making, energy optimization, event-driven communication, and automatic control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st ACM International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Water Networks, CySWater 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334853
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st ACM International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Water Networks, CySWater 2015 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 201516 Apr 2015

Conference

Conference1st ACM International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Water Networks, CySWater 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period13/04/1516/04/15

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