BlueTech Webinar Series: Smart Sensors for the Water Sector: Rocking the Boat or Missing It?

BlueTech Webinar Series: Smart Sensors for the Water Sector: Rocking the Boat or Missing It?
Recorded on Thursday, October 23, 2014:

To purchase a recording, please call 818.888.4444

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern US Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm British Time

BlueTech® Research, in conjunction with B2B Webinars, would like to invite you to our upcoming interactive webinar on smart water sensors and instrumentation.

Online water quality monitoring of water and wastewater is of growing interest to utilities all over the world. It is an essential component in pro-active process and asset management, optimal utility performance and maximum cost-efficiency. Since 1980s and 90s, online monitoring instrumentation has developed from portable versions of existing laboratory equipment to innovative, stand-alone, remotely controlled instruments. At the moment, however, routine online water quality monitoring is restricted to a relatively small number of basic parameters confined to key nodes in collection, treatment, and distribution systems. Where should the further development of online water sensor technology be heading?

Despite the interest of water utility managers to utilize online water quality sensors to optimize the treatment process, minimize the use of chemicals and operate at maximum cost-efficiency, funding for the development of currently available water sensor technologies largely has had to come from other sources than the utilities themselves. In many cases, the development of currently available commercial water sensors was originally financed by other sectors (e.g., the medical or oil and gas industries), and later adapted to water monitoring. The water sector thus has had little direct influence on the type of technology developed and the parameters to be analyzed with online sensors.

A clear focus on the needs of the water sector may result in the development of new and innovative sensor technologies for which a huge worldwide addressable market exists. The water sector is known to be rather conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies, but once accepted, a technology that helps reduce treatment costs or boost performance can become exceptionally successful. Online sensors fit for use in smart sensor networks can be deployed in large quantities to cover entire drinking water distribution networks, sewer systems or catchment areas.

Conferences and workshops rarely include the topic of financing research and development of a new generation of water quality sensors to address our current and future water quality challenges. This webinar addresses this issue and provides clear focus points for researchers and manufacturers as well as potential investors, to move well beyond the current practice in online water quality monitoring and further towards the successful implementation of smart sensor networks.

Questions to be answered:

  • How easy or difficult is it for water quality sensor developers to find funding for their R&D?
  • What are the major drivers and barriers for water quality sensor developments?
  • How can these barriers be overcome?
  • How does a small or a large company deal with financial or other barriers?
  • What are the key features of future sensors that will overcome the problems (high power and maintenance requirements) we have with the current generation of (online) water sensors?
  • What developments are needed to boost the use of smart sensor networks for water quality monitoring?
  • What requirements need to be met in order for an investor to be interested in financing the development of innovative water quality sensor technologies?

Follow-up webinar
This is the first of a series of two webinars. A second webinar, to be organized in January/February 2015, will focus on the topic of online water quality data collection and its convergence into manageable information flows to support management decisions, operational control and process optimization.

Who should attend?

  • Water quality sensor manufacturers looking for technology gaps and unmet needs.
  • Researchers aiming to develop water quality sensors fit for use in smart sensor grids.
  • Investors involved with water management looking to understand the market opportunities for innovative water quality sensing technologies.
  • Water industry executives looking to (continue to) make full use of the monitoring potential offered by the market, and potentially influence the direction of new developments.
  • Consultants, policy makers and regulators looking to stay on top of the latest market trends and the state of technological innovation in the water quality monitoring market segment.


Dr. Corina Carpentier, Water Quality Monitoring Expert, O2 Technology Assessment Group


Tom Bolling, Global Business Unit Director, Hach-Lange/Danaher Corporation

Dr. Ana Soares, Lecturer, Biological Processes, Environmental Science and Technology Department, Cranfield University

Sam Saintonge, Principal, XPV Capital

Jos-Willem Verhoef, Managing Director, Optiqua Technologies

Erin Dolleris

Webinar Producer

For suggestions regarding future webinar topics, webinar speaking opportunities, or webinar sponsorship:
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Emily Baker

Webinar Coordinator

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
You will receive confirmation of your registration via email.
A separate email sent a (business) day before the webinar will include a toll free dial-in phone number and access code to dial into the seminar. It will also include the Internet address and login instructions to access the webinar.
At the time of the interactive session, you will call into the toll-free number via phone or speakerphone and log in to the special website. You will follow the presentation on the web; the Instructors will manage the timing and page changes of the presentation directly.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.

Single Connection: $245.00
Additional Connection at the same Organization: $150.00

A site connection allows a single connection to the web conference. That connection is open to any number of users in a collaborative setting. Because there are no travel expenses and only a single registration fee is required, each additional participant lowers the cost per participant significantly.

By purchasing a site connection, you can invite as many people as you would like to view and participate in the session from a single location. Set up the session in a conference room and project the presentation and chat on a large screen. You also have rights to distribute copies of the presentation materials to everyone involved. Please note that audio is received via the phone line and must be broadcast to your group.

If for any reason a relevant stakeholder cannot co-locate for the session, we encourage you to include that person by purchasing an additional connection at the reduced fee of $150 per session. This will ensure that every member of a team receives the same relevant, timely information in the most efficient way. If you have any technical or purchasing questions, please contact us at (818) 888-4444.

Should you be unable to attend, a refund, less a $50 administrative charge, will be made for cancellations received via letter or fax at least 3 working days before the event. We regret cancellations will not be accepted after that date. However, we will be pleased to transfer your registration to another member of your company or credit the registration fee to another Infocast conference if you register within 6 months from the date of this conference. In the event the conference is canceled, Infocast’s liability is limited to the refund of the conference registration fee only.

  • Wednesday, 24 September 2014