ZYLK is the winner in the technological challenge launched by public water consortium Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia
A technological solution has been sought through Bizkaia Open Future to provide a unified environment regarding access and management for different control systems
- This was the ninth call for proposals to be conducted through the Bizkaia Open Future open innovation programme; it attracted 38 proposals from entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, universities and technological centres from the Basque Country, the rest of Spain and around the world
- ZYLK, an enterprise based in Bilbao, is a leading company in optimising open-source solutions (open-source software development) and digital transformation
- The winner will create a real pilot of its proposal and obtain an additional prize of 15,000 euros
Bilbao, 19 December 2019.- ZYLK, a company based in Bilbao, was the winner of the call for innovative proposals launched by Consorcio de Aguas de Bilbao through Bizkaia Open Future to facilitate management and maintenance of control devices at its facilities. This public entity, responsible for the primary water network of nearly one million Biscay citizens, turned to the initiative promoted by the Biscayan Provincial Council and Telefónica to find innovative solutions providing a unified environment for access and control for different elements.
ZYLK is a leading company in optimising open-source solutions and digital transformation with a broad range of customers in the private and public sectors. The business concentrates on building digital initiatives designed to enable its customers to make the best decisions using quality data and create optimised multichannel digital experiences.
The challenge set in September by Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia was entitled How can new technologies facilitate management and maintenance of the control devices of its facilities? This call for proposals, won by ZYLK, is the ninth to be launched through Bizkaia Open Future and aimed to obtain technological proposals that contribute a distinctive degree of innovation to how the consortium manages its control devices. The challenge attracted 38 proposals, of which 20 were submitted from the Basque Country, 16 from the rest of Spain and two from abroad.
The winner will create an actual pilot of the successful project paid for by Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia and obtain an additional prize of 15,000 euros. It will also be able to access the grants from the Biscayan Provincial Council, provided it meets all the applicable terms and conditions.
About Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia
Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia is a public entity responsible for managing the primary network for both the supply of drinking water and waste-water treatment for approximately one million Biscayan inhabitants. It is made up of 81 municipalities, in addition to the Biscayan Provincial Council and the Basque Government.
Its vision and mission are to provide a service to society, contributing to the wellbeing of the community, and therefore innovation and quality affect its activity in a cross-cutting manner, together with respect and caring for the environment. Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia manages 26 drinking water plants, 32 water treatment plants and over 4,000 kilometres of network and has a workforce of 350 people.
About Bizkaia Open Future
Bizkaia Open Future is an initiative from the Biscayan Provincial Council and Telefónica, created four years ago to support the Biscay-based industrial sector in its digital transformation. This initiative is aimed at industry in general and has become the link between new local and international entrepreneurial talent and the companies in the province.
Since its launch, Bizkaia Open Future has set eight challenges from leading companies and organisations related to the province as part of its Open Innovation programme. Velatia, OSI Ezkerraldea Enkarterri Cruces-Hospital Universitario Cruces, Dibal, Ingeteam, Tecuni, Sidenor and IMQ received over 220 proposals from the Basque Country, the rest of Spain and around the world.
The Commercial Acceleration Programme aims to boost the development of the business of technology-based startups and SMEs which have technological solutions that have been launched onto the market or have been validated internally with customers, which dovetail with the Telefónica portfolio and are in line with its commercial strategy but which require acceleration as regards building closer relationships with customers.
About Open Future
Telefónica Open Future, as part of the Open Innovation division, is a network composed of over 50 innovation hubs, present in Spain and Latin America. A global platform designed to create business opportunities connected to entrepreneurs, investors and public/private partners from around the world.
Aitziber Diez, Communication Officer, Economic Advancement Department.
Rafael Ossa, Communication Officer, Telefónica
Irma Cerro - MBN Comunicación (Communication Department, Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia)