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Water Quality Monitoring Device Developed by IIT Guwahati Student Wins Awards and Appreciations

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) student Mr. Satyam, PhD Scholar, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, has recently achieved a significant milestone by winning the "Best Product Design" award under the category of Water and Sanitation, at the prestigious Vishwakarma Awards 2023, organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in partnership with Maker Bhavan Foundation and the WIN Foundation.

Aysha Anam

The water quality monitoring device R-SAM-PRO won the ‘Best Product Design’ Award at the Vishwakarma Awards 2023. The cost of the device is around 12,000 rupees, a stark contrast to existing integrated water quality devices that cost more than 2 lakhs rupees and are not IoT-enabled

The Vishwakarma Awards 2023 award competition aimed to identify and support the brightest minds in technology innovation from science and engineering colleges across India. The theme for 2023 was Water & Sanitation, Clean Technology & Smart Mobility. Compared to existing water quality monitoring devices Satyam’s device R-SAM-PRO is highly cost effective and integrated with IOT.

Satyam, Prof. Sanjukta Patra, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, said, “It has been a remarkable journey witnessing Satyam’s dedication and innovation in developing the IoT-enabled water monitoring system. His project, a beacon of technological advancement, reflects a deep understanding of the challenges faced in water resource management, particularly in developing nations. The system's affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities are not just a testament to his technical prowess but also his commitment to societal betterment.”

The R-SAM-PRO device stood out among numerous entries because it comprehensively addresses critical water and sanitation needs with technological innovation, integrating IoT, multiple sensors, and AI readiness for advanced water quality monitoring. The system's real-time data provision is crucial for environmental conservation and resource management. Its affordability and user-friendly design make it highly accessible, with potential for widespread adoption, especially in resource-limited settings, significantly enhancing water quality monitoring practices.

Speaking about his innovation Mr Satyam, PhD Scholar, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, said, “Our product's impact on social communities lies in its affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities. By providing a cost-effective, multi-parametric, IoT-enabled solution, we aim to empower communities and authorities with the tools needed for effective water resource management and remediation. “

He further added, “I was Inspired by the critical issue of water pollution, especially in developing countries. My aim was to empower communities and authorities for effective water resource management”

The key features of this award-winning IoT-enabled real-time water monitoring system are :

● Integrated GPS: Enables precise location tracking of water quality metrics.

● Diverse Sensors: Measures turbidity, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), oxygen levels, temperature, and pressure for a comprehensive water quality analysis.

● ESP32 Microprocessor: Powers the device with efficient processing and communication capabilities.

● Hybrid Power System: Ensures adaptability to different environments, reducing reliance on a single power source.

● AI Integration: Designed to incorporate artificial intelligence, enhancing data analysis and predictive capabilities.

● Advanced Data Retrieval: Streamlines access to collected data for user-friendly interactions with various stakeholders.

Speaking about the project's future prospects, the innovators stated, “Over the next 1 to 7 months, our goals are to enhance our device by integrating more sensors, ensuring market readiness with necessary certifications and approvals. We envision expanding our impact by reaching a broader audience and contributing significantly to sustainable water resource management on a global scale.”

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