Artificial intelligence serving the environment

Artificial intelligence is a powerful ally to help meet the challenges of preserving the environment, now and in the future. SUEZ is innovating, in collaboration with Microsoft notably, to accelerate the development of environmental solutions involving artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence, a tool to serve the environmental transition in the regions

In terms of environmental services, data provides access to new information, enabling to better anticipate and understand the challenges facing each region and to put relevant management strategies in place for each one. It is thus an essential resource for the success of the environmental transition.

Smart water meters, sensors in water networks and voluntary waste collection points, energy consumption at facilities – the experts at SUEZ draw on a multitude of data every day. Artificial intelligence helps to create value from this data.

Some examples:
  • In terms of drinking water production: using predictive models to anticipate water consumption and adjust the drinking water production system in real time based on electricity tariffs, equipment availability and usable reserves.
  • In terms of water network asset management: detecting leaks early, anticipating their location, producing more accurate and effective renewal plans and optimising investment.
  • In terms of waste recovery: artificial vision solutions can detect non-compliant waste that could cause malfunctions at waste-to-energy sites.

In summary, artificial intelligence helps to improve the performance of infrastructure and constitutes a valuable decision-making tool for water and waste service managers.

CoDAI, an innovative platform offering a reliable framework for artificial intelligence projects

In collaboration with Microsoft, SUEZ has created the CoDAI platform to centralise and accelerate its artificial intelligence innovation policy.

This solution:
  • democratises the use of artificial intelligence and accelerates the large-scale deployment of its new applications
  • responds to issues of trust around these artificial intelligence solutions by centralising development using reliable, robust, high-performance infrastructure and guaranteeing the development of ethical, transparent, unbiased algorithms.

An innovative project that reinforces SUEZ's collaboration with Microsoft, which supports the Group since many years in its digital transformation.

A concrete example of a project based on this approach is the Sewer Ball, a smart solution for inspecting wastewater networks and identifying any issues.

Inserted into the network, this little ball uses its embedded sensors and artificial intelligence algorithm to analyse the data it collects and quickly identify the types of problems it encounters.

The CoDAI platform contributed to the very rapid development of this innovation, testing it with SUEZ customers and adapting it in agile mode based on their feedback.

A flagship example of how artificial intelligence can be put to work on behalf of the environment!

Watch the interview with Chafika Chettaoui, Chief Data Officer of SUEZ Group, discussing the importance of artificial intelligence for the environmental services businesses: