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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

ICN2 is involved in the new H2020 project INTCATCH

The project will design efficient, user-friendly water monitoring strategies and systems based on innovative technologies that will provide real time data for important parameters, moving towards SMART Rivers. ICN2 is one of the partners of the Project through the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by ICREA Prof Arben Merkoçi.

INTCATCH will instigate a paradigm shift in the monitoring and management of surface water quality that is fit for global waters in the period 2020-2050. INTCATCH will do this by developing efficient, user-friendly water monitoring strategies and systems based on innovative technologies that will provide real time data for important parameters, moving towards SMART Rivers. The business model will transform water governance by facilitating sustainable water quality management by community groups and NGOs using a clouds data linked to a decision support system and eco-innovative technologies.

The project celebrated its kick-off meeting on 4-6th of July 2016 at the facilities of Brunel University (London, UK), the project coordinator. ICN2 is one of the Project partners through the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by ICREA Prof Arben Merkoçi.

The INTCATCH project will use demonstration activities to showcase eco-innovative autonomous and radio controlled boats, sensors, DNA test kits and run-off treatment technologies. By conceptually moving the laboratory to the ‘field’, the monitoring techniques that will be developed aim to supersede the inefficient, time dependent, costly and labour-intensive routine sampling and analysis procedures currently deployed to understand the quality of receiving waters. The market ambition is that the INTCATCH business will facilitate an eco-innovative approach to deliver good quality water bodies across Europe and beyond. This will support green growth, increase resilience to climate change and capture greater market-share for Europe’s innovative industries.

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