This project aimed at the development of a new sensor system, to be built by the end of 2014. This development process was run parallel to the exploration of new applications in the field of agribusiness, food business, and the environment that become possible through the new sensor system. The role of FutureWater within this project was to investigate the applicability and potential of high-resolution rainfall radar for the Dutch water sector.

Developments within the area of electronic sensor systems follow up at high speed. Staying up to date is of great importance. Several business companies in the eastern part of The Netherlands have a strong position in developing, producing, and selling of sensor systems, components and technology. These companies are innovators and know how to bring new sensor products and its applications to the common market.

Thales Group and NXP Semiconductors have set up a project with several small business corporations as partners across the eastern region of The Netherlands. This project aims at the development of a new sensor system, to be built within three years from now, by the end of 2014. This process is run parallel to the exploration of new applications in the field of agribusiness, food business, and the environment, given the new sensor system. In this way, the project combines development with applications at the same time. It is a challenge to all partners involved, which is financially supported by the Gelderland and Overijssel provinces.

FutureWater will in strong cooperation with the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group (HWM) of Wageningen University, work on applications of new sensor data on evaporation, soil moisture, and drought conditions. Also, we will work on applications in general on operational water management and regional-scale irrigation and drainage practices, within and outside The Netherlands.

 

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