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Water Quality Monitoring with Remote Sensors

Remote sensing devices can provide continuous monitoring of water supply.

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How does your idea apply new technologies to make agriculture and water systems more resilient in the face of climate threats?

Yes, water shortage and levels of contamination can be monitored.

Zmartar, located in Philadelphia (PA) promulgates LoRa technology to provide water quality management to underserved small cities and communities in developing countries. Zmartar  installs and manages LoRa FPGA water quality monitoring gateways; delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability. 

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

Zmartar is building arduino sensors and connecting them to the internet and the cloud through a LoRa gateway.

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

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

How do you plan to grow or scale this idea?

Continue to enter competitions and connect with users in developing countries.

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

Needed: 1) Low power wide area engineer 2) Microbiologist 3) Commications software developer 4) Nanotechnogist 5) Biochemist

This idea emerged from:

Infrastructure study and collaboration with University of Pennsylvania faculty and Stroud Water Center researchers.

Tell us about your work experience:

Community Economic Development Health Professional
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Team (5)

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Gautam Prakash

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"I read about Gautam's project. I believe I can offer water monitoring assistance."

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derrick Mpagi

Role added on team:

"Derick you community education approach is precisely what I have advocated as a business plan."

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Mutuma Keffa

Role added on team:

"I noticed Mutuma was monitoring water in rural Africa. The IoT technology is ideal for your needs. I would like to work with you."

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Natalie LeRoy

Role added on team:

"Natalie our team needs your inspiration to implement LoRa LPWAN technology. Thanks for your interest."

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