InfoTiles selected to trial technology in Switzerland

Digital technology company InfoTiles has won the opportunity to demonstrate its water management platform with a municipality in western Switzerland.


The BlueArk Challange is a call for projects that aim to solve water management challenges using open innovation ideas and technologies. The InfoTiles software will be developed and implemented in collaboration with Fully, a municipality in the canton of Valais, and BlueArk Challenge, with the aim of rapidly developing scalable applications.

InfoTiles will provide water managers in Fully with continual monitoring of the wastewater network via sensors located in key locations to help identify and remediate stormwater inflow and groundwater infiltration (I&I) into sewerage infrastructure.


BlueArk Challenge


Technology development

As well as being awarded €10,000 for technology development, BlueArk Challenge will provide InfoTiles with solution monitoring, infrastructure test sites, validation reporting and on-going support. If successful, the InfoTiles platform will also be marketed in Switzerland through the collaboration.

InfoTiles’ digital technology helps municipalities detect and understand when and where I&I occurs in wastewater networks. Inflow is stormwater that flows into wastewater pipes through faults such as holes, cracks, joint failures, and broken connections. Infiltration occurs when groundwater enters the wastewater network through faults in pipes, compounding the flow.


Hydraulic overload

It is widely acknowledged that most I&I is caused by ageing infrastructure that requires maintenance or replacement. When this extra water penetrates the wastewater network, it can cause hydraulic overload which is a particular risk during periods of heavy rain or storm events and can add considerable cost to municipalities in pumping, treating, and discharging processes.

InfoTiles’ digital software platform uses artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning, to consolidate and analyse data. It also uses data from existing SCADA control systems and geographic information systems (GIS) to integrate real-time hydrological, meteorological, and asset data. This enables proactive and intelligent management of water inflow and infiltration into the sewers.

Oliver Studer, head of industrial services for Fully said, “The municipality are looking forward to developing the project with InfoTiles and working on concrete solutions to its water management problems.”


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Resolving challenges

Nine water resource management challenges were proposed by the five Swiss municipalities taking part in the BlueArk Challenge. Four solutions were identified with InfoTiles, which is based in Stravangar, Norway, the only one from outside Switzerland.

Anyssia Bovier, coordinator of the BlueArk Challenge said, „The proposals received make it possible to help resolve four of the challenges submitted. It is remarkable, and we are very happy with the quality of the proposals.”

Marco Westergren, chief analytics officer at InfoTiles said, “As the only non-Swiss company to win this prestigious challenge, it gives InfoTiles an opportunity to develop the innovative software and apply it practically to help the municipality of Fully further understand and tackle its I&I challenges.”

BlueArk Challenge is an initiative of BlueArk Entremont, a technological innovation centre with a data laboratory, based in Le Châble, Switzerland. Founded in 2018, the hub specialises in the management of natural resources, with a particular focus on smart management and the digitalisation of water.

The winners of the BlueArk Challenge were announced at Smart Water 2022, a conference held in Le Châble on 1 December 2022. The initiative is also backed by green energy supplier ALTIS, and The Ark Foundation, which provides support to innovative businesses.


Swiss wastewater system


About InfoTiles
InfoTiles’ innovative digital analytics platform spans the water value chain, simplifying and automating the tedious steps of consolidating data and applying real-time analytics and machine learning for water management.

InfoTiles provides software that combines and enriches data from different silos – including legacy water utility systems. When enhanced with public data, utility companies discover new insights and make sustainable decisions based on facts, leading to sustainable water use in communities.

Ageing infrastructure, inadequate investment, and a changing climate are all contributing to unsustainable water use and supplies globally. Data can help address these challenges in a connected and coherent way that is fit for purpose for decisions makers. For more information, visit


About BlueArk Entremont

BlueArk Entremont is a technological innovation centre with an on-site data laboratory based in Le Châble, Switzerland. Founded in 2018, it specializes in the management of natural resources, with a particular focus on smart management and the digitalization of water. BlueArk Entremont is aimed at public authorities or technical services meeting challenges in water management and at economic players or citizens who wish to co-develop innovative solutions. More information about BlueArk Entremont and the BlueArk Challenge can be found here:

About Altis

With more than 60 years of experience in water and energy, ALTIS aims to be a player in the energy transition, generator of employment and added value in the greater Entremont area of Switzerland.

About Ark

The Ark promotes the development of new knowledge originating from Switzerland’s universities of applied sciences and from regional and national research organisations. It also draws together different networks of excellence at local, national and international level.