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Industry Challenges

High bandwidth cost
Due to sheer amount of data generation in real time.
Ejecución de procesos
Hardware heterogeneity
Different equipment, technologies and multitude of suppliers.
Espacio de confianza
Knowledge barriers
To integrate models for leak detection, quality control, failure prediction.
Despliegue de algoritmos
Low availability
To manage the complexity of the infrastructure and applications.

A composable and cybersecure architecture on a single platform, to digitize the entire water cycle

Barbara helps you scale and adapt your technology based on the maturity of your capabilities, so that you can accelerate your digital transformation where it is most needed.


Integrate telecontrol and predictive maintenance into your operations.


Incorporate chemical detection or parameterization algorithms for efficient water purification in a cyber-secure way.


Monitor your entire distribution network and detect any leaks in real time to prevent inmediate losses.

Waste collection

Integrate supply and sewerage network sensing from  a single platform.

Waste Treatment

Reduce energy consumption and optimize processes with real-time AI.


Monitor, detect and autonomously resolve incidents in real time.

How we do it

Edge Computing based solutions allow you to monitor your infrastructure in real time.
Discover how Acciona managed to optimize its processes and energy expenditure in real time and cybsersecurely.


One of the main challenges in industrial digitization is how to combine  digital applications and algorithms that have shorter life cycles with traditional industrial systems with longer cycles.

Acciona faced the need to adapt to these cycles in order to be able to maintain and develop edge apps remotely, updating and retraining the models to be able to scale the project internationally in a managed, secure and controlled way.


Barbara, helped Acciona deploy Artificial Intelligence models at the Edge, and predict chemical levels in the water supply and purification plant, based on real-time variables in a cybersecure manner.
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By implementing real-time optimized Machine Learning algorithms at each of its desalination plants, ACCIONA a global infrastructure operator, managed to minimize the use of reactive chemicals, eliminate associated regulatory penalties, and leverage an edge infrastructure to implement new predictive applications.

ACCIONA a global infrastructure operator, spent significant time and resources examining water samples in a laboratory to determine chemical concentrations. Due to the time it took to obtain these results, they were often outdated and unreliable which resulted in additional costs related to chemical supply as well as possible regulatory penalties.

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In the age of AI, the chemical industry finds itself on the brink of a major shift, propelled by the demands for enhanced efficiency, sustainability, and innovation.‍ Edge AI emerges as a key technological enabler, offering unparalleled capabilities for real-time monitoring and control, predictive maintenance, supply chain management, and enhancing sustainability and energy waste optimization.

ODEON a European Horizon project has just been launched with the mision to create an inclusive ecosystem of stakeholders characterized by the integration of a mesh of Data, Intelligence,Service, and Market flows. With a budget of 22,56 M€ allocated over four years, the project represents a significant stride toward a sustainable, secure, and competitive energy supply.

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InCharta, a groundbreaking application developed by Ingelectus, has just been added to our portfolio of Edge Apps in Barbara Marketplace. InCharta is set to revolutionize the way you perceive and manage low-voltage networks, providing invaluable insights through its interactive and AI-powered capabilities.

Barbara, the Spanish pioneer in Edge AI platforms for grid operators, and Picsellia, the French end-to-end MLOps platform for computer vision, have joined forces to accelerate edge computer vision applications in the energy sector.

Barbara and Gridfy have joined forces to bring AI Flexibility algorithms to the Edge.‍‍ Gridfy has developed and implemented the AI flexibility algorithm located in one of Cuerva´s substations while Barbara has provided the Edge Platform that deploys and orchestrates Artificial Intelligence in the Edge.

Picsellia, the single hub for image and video AI use cases, has just joined Barbara Marketplace. It introduces a centralized workspace designed to turn the chaos of scattered tools into a collaborative production-grade pipeline. Their fully integrated Vision AI platform empowers AI teams accelerate their computer vision initiatives.

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The Edge for Smart Secondary Substations (E4S) is a technical working group, made up of Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and technology partners, that promotes the creation of a secure grid architecture based on open and interoperable standards. Barbara joins the Edge for Smart Secondary Substations Alliance to endow the Digital Grid with its groundbreaking Edge AI Platform infrastructure.

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Edge Computing plays a pivotal role in revolutionizing the marine business, particularly in the domain of energy optimization. By bringing computing resources closer to the data source, edge computing enables real-time data processing and analysis onboard ships and marine installations. This paradigm shift allows for more efficient energy management and optimization, leading to significant cost reductions and a reduced environmental impact.

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"Barbara is all about technical solvency in embedded software solutions. They have developed a device management platform natively focused on security aspects, that is what made us choose their solution. If we add to their technical expertise, their ability to adapt to us and their committed team, they make the difference."

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“Barbara has provided us with a reliable, robust and easy-to-use platform on which to deploy our solution, as well as assisting us with the development of specific software to support our vision.”

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“We decided to trust Barbara because of their extensive experience in the water sector and their reliability. The team they have, with David at the head, is differential, they inspire confidence and security in all developments.”

If you would like more information on what use cases you can implement and how to do it, please contact one of our experts.

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