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IIT Guwahati Student’s Affordable IoT-Enabled Water Quality Monitoring Device Wins ‘Best Product Design’ at Vishwakarma Awards 2023

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Mr. Satyam, a PhD Scholar from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), has clinched the “Best Product Design” award at the Vishwakarma Awards 2023 for his groundbreaking IoT-enabled water quality monitoring device, R-SAM-PRO. This award recognizes the device’s exceptional innovation in addressing critical water and sanitation challenges, especially in developing nations.

The Vishwakarma Awards, organized by IIT Delhi in collaboration with Maker Bhavan Foundation and the WIN Foundation, aim to identify and support technological innovation in science and engineering colleges across India. The theme for the 2023 edition was Water & Sanitation, Clean Technology & Smart Mobility.

IIT Guwahati Student’s Affordable IoT-Enabled Water Quality Monitoring Device

Satyam’s R-SAM-PRO stands out for its affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities. Priced at around 12,000 rupees, it presents a stark contrast to existing water quality monitoring devices that cost over 2 lakhs rupees and lack IoT integration.

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Affordable and Accessible Innovation:

Prof. Sanjukta Patra from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Guwahati praised Satyam’s dedication, stating that the device reflects a deep understanding of water resource management challenges. The device’s affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities make it a beacon of technological advancement with the potential for widespread adoption, particularly in resource-limited settings.

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Satyam shared his inspiration, highlighting the critical issue of water pollution in developing countries. He expressed his aim to empower communities and authorities for effective water resource management through an affordable, multi-parametric, IoT-enabled solution.

Key Features of R-SAM-PRO:

  1. Integrated GPS: Enables precise location tracking of water quality metrics.
  2. Diverse Sensors: Measures turbidity, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), oxygen levels, temperature, and pressure for comprehensive water quality analysis.
  3. ESP32 Microprocessor: Powers the device with efficient processing and communication capabilities.
  4. Hybrid Power System: Ensures adaptability to different environments, reducing reliance on a single power source.
  5. AI Integration: Designed to incorporate artificial intelligence, enhancing data analysis and predictive capabilities.
  6. Advanced Data Retrieval: Streamlines access to collected data for user-friendly interactions with various stakeholders.

Future Prospects:

The innovators have outlined their goals for the next 1 to 7 months, including enhancing the device by integrating more sensors, obtaining necessary certifications and approvals for market readiness, and expanding their impact on a global scale. They envision contributing significantly to sustainable water resource management.

About IIT Guwahati:

Established in 1994, IIT Guwahati completed 25 years in 2019. The institute offers a wide range of programs across disciplines and has consistently ranked among the top engineering institutions in India. IIT Guwahati is dedicated to research and innovation in various fields, including genomics, clean energy, healthcare, AI, bioinformatics, and flexible electronics.

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In conclusion, Satyam’s R-SAM-PRO represents a significant stride in affordable and accessible water quality monitoring, showcasing the potential for impactful innovation emerging from institutions like IIT Guwahati.

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