« Thanks to the innovation contest, we will be able to provide smart cameras for qualitative monitoring of water masses. The project aim to help the stakeholders of environmental protection and hydroelectricty producers » 

Arnaud BRUN, President & CEO of TENEVIA


The Innovation contest, financed by the State through the Future Investments Programme (PIA), integrated into the Grand Investment Plan, is a support system for enterprises (start-ups and SMEs) operated by ADEME, Bpifrance and France Agrimer, with the support of the administrations of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

This scheme aims to promote the development of innovation projects with a particularly strong potential for the French economy. By co-financing the project, this scheme helps accelerate the development and launching on the market of solutions and technologies of the future. The 2018 contest was organized around 9 topics representing major issues:

  • Transport and sustainable mobility;
  • Innovative agriculture;
  • Innovating for the quality of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems;
  • Renewable energy, storage and energy systems;
  • Digital;
  • Health;
  • Security and cybersecurity;
  • French Fab;
  • Smart Power Supply.

Winner of this innovation competition in the “terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems” category, TENEVIA was rewarded by Emmanuelle Wargon – Secretary of State to the Minister of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Agnès Pannier-RunacherSecretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance and Guillaume BoudySecretary General for Investment.


Isabelle Kocher – Director-General of Engie, sponsor of the 2018 Innovation Contest, presented TENEVIA with its trophy at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 11 in Paris at the General Administration Department for Investment.


Acknowledging difficulties in obtaining information on the quality of water masses and building on its experience in developing smart cameras for the quantitative monitoring of watercourses, TENEVIA now wants to offer new features to the users of its technologies.

TENEVIA has been developing and offering smart cameras for measuring water heights (CamLevel) and discharges measurements (CamFlow) for nearly 7 years. Through its Cam Water Quality project, TENEVIA will be able to provide new information related to the detection of pollution on rivers and other continental aquatic environments. The aim for TENEVIA is to develop algorithms for detecting, for example, the presence of floating waste (plastics) or to evaluate water turbidity. During the innovation project development, the algorithms developed by TENEVIA will be validated and tested at several operational sites in France.

Cam Water Quality