DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT CANAL DE ISABEL II - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT CANAL DE ISABEL II
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT CANAL DE ISABEL II
Following the roadmap set out in target 9 of its Strategic Plan, Canal de Isabel II is strengthening its
commitment to projects based on research, development and innovation. The current context
requires us to stay at the forefront of new technologies and look for utilities in all fields, which is why
we are promoting the use of state-of-the-art technologies to develop new services and be more
efficient in the processes we carry out.
Canal has come a long way in its digital transformation, and recently we have been making even better
progress. For more than a decade we have been trialling the use of advanced remote meter reading
technologies to improve our business and the service we provide to customers in the Madrid region.
We are currently carrying out a pilot project to standardise a system for remote reading of water
meters using new telecommunications techniques. This is the first project on this scale carried out in
Spain and it involves participation by the main telecommunications operators and meter
This initiative will allow us to provide our customers with complete and detailed information about
their water consumption detect incidents and leaks in indoor installations and improve efficiency in the
management and operation of the distribution network.
AUTOMATION AND ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS
Canal is also working on automation technologies and robotic solutions for the water cycle. Advances
in telecommunications technologies have enabled us to equip many of the company’s facilities with
features that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago.
Automation at its best will soon become a reality in the Arroyo Culebro wastewater treatment plant,
where, among other things, it will be possible to simulate the behaviour of the plant before putting
certain processes into operation. It will also enable remote control, data analysis, predictive
maintenance and operation optimisation in all aspects, including energy.
Likewise, a pilot project is being carried out at the Boadilla Wastewater Pumping Station that will
provide the installation, among other applications, with artificial intelligence, augmented reality and
remote process management, functionalities that are being implemented in more and more types of
infrastructure such as wells, drinking water elevators, rechlorination plants.
In short, we are identifying water cycle processes that can benefit from solutions based on ICT or
robotics. In fact, one of our strategic objectives is to implement 15 such initiatives by 2022. Some are
already being applied. For example, we have brought into operation an underwater robot with highdefinition
imaging to check the bottoms of tanks, the state of the DWTP decanter reinforcements and
other submerged parts such as valves and gates.