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EC grant for Optiqua's water quality firewall technology

Optiqua Technologies has received a grant from the EC's Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for the development of AquaSHIELD, an innovative water quality firewall solution, which is aimed at water security and smart water network applications.

The grant helps to bring innovation ideas from SMEs to marketThe grant helps to bring innovation ideas from SMEs to market

AquaSHIELD combines 24/7 online and real-time event detection with high spec analytical capabilities for the rapid screening of water for the presence of multiple substances. The firewall will provide an affordable platform suitable for deployment in a distributed network in the field as well as a mobile system, and for operation by non-specialist personnel.

The concept is based on two of Optiqua's existing products - EventLab, which provides real-time detection capabilities for contamination events in the distribution grid; and MiniLab, which carries out rapid and automated screening for a set of specific target compounds.

Integration into the AquaSHIELD firewall solution will provide utilities with "a unique tool" to continuously monitor their networks for any water quality-related issues and to optimise the drinking water distribution process.

The EC's H2020 SME Instrument helps high-potential SMEs to bring innovative ideas to the global market.

Jos-Willem Verhoef, managing director at Optiqua Technologies, said: “This Horizon 2020 grant is an important recognition because a panel of international experts is confirming that our water quality monitoring solutions will be part of the water company of the future."

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