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Easy, reliable groundwater monitoring solution

Intrasen developed a easy, reliable groundwater monitoring solution which makes the underground resource visible to every user.

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Groundwater is vital resource for every user in the community. Most of groundwater problems are caused by having insufficient knowledge. Best successful way to understand this invisible resource is to collect enough data. Reduce the measurement complexity and cost of data processing, and improve data reliability are the key to reach the goal. Intrasen developed IGMMS product which can make complicated groundwater measurement easy so anyone can measure no matter high school students or farmers.

Important groundwater resource: 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply. There are approximately 16 million total wells in the country, and 500,000 new residential wells are constructed annually.

Millions of well measurement annually: Around 8,100 groundwater contracting firms in the United States conduct millions of well measurements annually, hired by well owners and oversight agencies to monitor just a small portion of the wells.

Time consuming groundwater measurement: Groundwater well measurement is often complicated and laborious, involving manual tape measurements with results usually written in field reports and then transported to offices, where they are processed by hand into electronic format.

With the introduction of our IGMMS technology (patent pending), Intrasen will reduce workload and add powerful data capabilities in groundwater monitoring for industrial, agricultural and residential customers, including groundwater well owners; contractors that drill, measure and manage wells; and oversight agencies. The automated measurement, data recording and data retrieval functions of IGMMS (Intelligent Groundwater Monitoring and Mapping System) will save time for field operators and managers, making tedious groundwater well monitoring tasks easier, more robust and more accurate.

The IGMMS product incorporates Intrasen’s proprietary and patented technology in a small electronic probe, which is lowered into a well. A click on the IGMMS smartphone app will control the sensors remotely, triggering data measurement and recording from within the well, and transfers results to a secure, cloud database. The data becomes visible to well owners, managers or other colleagues instantly (in their office or elsewhere). For more detailed information, please visit our website: 

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Intrasen’s exhibition in the 2016 Groundwater conference yielded substantial interest and inquiries in IGMMS by various groundwater contract firms. Many potential customers are interested in partnership with Intrasen based on our product exhibition at that event.

We are excited to learn about ideas at diverse stages of development. At what stage would you currently classify your idea as? (multiple choice)

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my finalized solution with a first set of real users.

How do you plan to grow or scale this idea?

Intrasen is looking for partners to pilot our products.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

OpenIDEO can help us find business partners to accelerate our process.

This idea emerged from:

This idea comes from the two founders of Intrasen.

Tell us about your work experience:

Team has proven expertise in water and sensing technology and robust products development and production. Liang Guo holds Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering and has worked as senior research scientist in industry and at Brown University developing water treatment and analysis technology and products. Liang holds four patents. Steve Surowinski holds Master degree in Electrical Engineering with over 15 years of experience in designing robust electronics systems and developing Embedded and data analysis Software. Steve holds three patents.


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Liang Guo Groundwater monitoring is of growing concern here in California. Would love to discuss how we might be able to partner on the work we are doing here. I think there are major opportunities with the new groundwater rules. Is your technology LoRa, cell or other way automatically connected?

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Hi Chris: Our well network infrastructure supports use of wireless networks including cellular. We use state of the art cellular modems that allow linking monitored sites with through major national operators. For further discussion, please send me email: .

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