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IRRIGESTLIFE (LIFE11 ENV/ES/615)

Objectives of the project

The main objective of the LIFE11 ENV/ES/615 project was to develop a system to optimise irrigation mainly in cities gardens, but also in any other place where better watering management is needed.

The project had the support of the LIFE program of the European Union.

The new smart irrigation system allowed to save more than 30% of the water consumptions. We developed several prototypes integrated in a GIS system, that allowed municipal irrigation responsibles to manage the irrigation of parks and gardens in a better way.

The pilot project was applied in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, which is known for being the European Green Capital in 2012.

1. General objectives
1.1. To develop a smart irrigation system in order to get a significant savings in the consumption of water used to irrigate the gardens of the city.
1.2. To develop four prototypes that allow the maximum use of the existing irrigation infrastructure in the city.
1.3. To integrate the irrigation system in the City's GIS to allow the efficient irrigation management by municipal technicians.
1.4. To demonstrate the effectiveness of a smart irrigation system that meets the real needs based on measurements of climate parameters through data obtained from sensors connected to the municipal GIS.

2. Specific objectives related with the technical development of the project
2.1. To save water in the water consumption for irrigation.
2.2. Real-time control of what happens on the irrigation net system.
2.3. Optimization of personal resources in troubleshooting.
2.4. Creating a water control system for the irrigation of cities, parks, golf, agriculture, large hydraulic lines.
2.5. Integration of this control system in a GIS.
2.6. The creation of an historical control for a later comparison and learning of the decisions previously taken.
2.7. To unify the different variants of the irrigation controllers in a standard one.
2.8. To create a free trade elements for the irrigation system.

3. Specific objectives related to communication and dissemination
3.1. Disseminate the project and its results widely among the different stakeholders.
3.2. Increase people awarness in the importance of saving water.
3.3. To share the knowledge obtainded from the industry professionals and make more visible the business opportunities.
3.4. Cooperate with other European cities and public agencies responsible in water management and irrigation in the application of the best available techniques for saving water.
3.5. Spread the efforts being made by the European Commission to promote new technologies that respect the environment through the LIFE + program.