A filter to remineralize rainwater collected in isolated high-altitude locations, dynamic valves integrated into the network and coupled with algorithms to avoid stagnation of drinking water, a microturbine for measuring and adjusting the flow of irrigation that adapts, thanks to artificial intelligence, to the weather and the needs of the soil, and infrared cameras to determine the flow of torrents: these four innovative concepts have been rewarded as part of the call for solutions BlueArk Challenge 2021
No less than 59 companies took part in the BlueArk Challenge call for solutions to improve water management. Of the 41 proposals submitted, five were selected by a jury of experts. The winners will each receive a cheque for CHF 10,000 and proactive support from the BlueArk Entremont Innovation Cluster for the implementation of these promising solutions.
For one weekend, the Bagnes region was transformed into the capital of water management! Two major events on this theme (a hackathon and a conference) were organised at the Espace Saint-Marc in Le Châble, bringing together nearly 250 people. The Aquavision project, an IT solution that continuously determines the quality of water in the network, won the second BlueArk Challenge hackathon. The thirty or so IT developers present worked hard on six concrete challenges encountered in everyday life by professionals in the water sector. The Smart Water conference, which took place at the opening of the hackathon, welcomed more than a hundred people for its first edition. Both events were organised by the BlueArk Entremont innovation cluster, ALTIS Groupe and The Ark Foundation.
The Naïade project, which enables a complex water network to be managed using an IT solution, won the first edition of the BlueArk Challenge, the hackathon dedicated to energy, on Saturday evening in Le Châble. Organised by the BlueArk Entremont innovation cluster, ALTIS Groupe, Services industriels de Monthey and The Ark Foundation, the event was attended by over 100 people, including 55 developers. They worked hard on 11 concrete challenges encountered in everyday life by professionals in the energy sector. Three other projects were awarded prizes after 24 hours of intensive work.