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1. Information about the procurement

ICT Solution: Big data structural solution for management and maintenance of the Information System related to critical infrastructure in the water sector

Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg has 17 sewage treatment plants and approximately 150 grounds in ownership and management. In the past, each purification system had its own process automation. It often consisted of different equipment that was not geared to one another and was partly outdated. It was not efficient, ineffective and unnecessarily expensive. Together with Waterleiding Maatschappij Limburg N.V., Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg has developed the WAUTER concept (water automation) with which the management of the installations of Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg is standardized and automated.

Currently, there is a need for an improvement of WAUTER which includes the use of big data for process automation and standardisation of PA systems, network and information security, and improvement of work processes (WAUTER II project).

The project consists of four phases: (1) process automation and maintenance; (2) security; (3) Big data; (4) R&D (PCP on Big Data).

Key technologies:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big data for process automation and standardisation of PA systems
  • Network and information security
  • Process automation and maintenance

Type of innovation procurement:
Pre-Commercial Procurement – PCP  

Timeframe:  September 2019 – September 2021

Budget invested by the procurer: € 750K (VAT incl.)

Market consultation and contract notice WBL:

More information:
Project webpage WAUTER (WaterAUTomatisERing) (Dutch)

2. Type of assistance provided by eafip  

To the specific tender:
Assistance in the preparation of the procurements (in 3 lots).

To the general procurement of the organisation:
Best practices for innovation procurement, development of a business case and contract management.

PCP Phase 3 finalised. Solution fully implemented and working in 2022.

This project was winner of the
European Innovation Procurement Awards 2021
in the category Facing Societal Challenges.

Learn more – newsitem
Learn more – Download the EUIPA Award WBL Project Sheet


PCP Phase 3 finalised. Solution fully implemented and working in 2022.

Also see the
Toolkit Case box example – AI PCP – WBL
Toolkit Module 2, pages 119-121

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