IIITM-Ker­ala & IBM Build IoT Based Wa­ter Qual­ity Mea­sure­ment Sys­tem

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In­dian In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Man­age­ment – Ker­ala (IIITM-K) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a real-time wa­ter qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem - ‘Swatch­paani’. The sys­tem, pow­ered by IBM’s Wat­son In­ter­net of Things (IoT) tech­nolo­gies, will con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor wa­ter qual­ity and mea­sure tem­per­a­ture, pH and the pres­ence of var­i­ous metal/non-metal sub­stances in the wa­ter, to en­sure stan­dard lev­els are not ex­ceeded as pre­scribed by agen­cies.

The pro­posed so­lu­tion will com­pose of Li­belium, sig­nal con­di­tion­ing boards and sen­sors and Rasp­berry Pi for con­nect­ing these to IBM Bluemix Cloud ser­vices and Wat­son IoT plat­form for de­vice and sen­sor data man­age­ment, anal­y­sis and vi­su­al­iza­tion. The sys­tem will sup­port data anal­y­sis in real-time and trig­ger alerts if there are anom­alies in the wa­ter sam­ples. The project will also in­cor­po­rate a pre­screen­ing mech­a­nism to test the wa­ter qual­ity of mo­bile wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems.

“The con­ven­tional method of test­ing wa­ter qual­ity is of­ten in­ac­ces­si­ble and time con­sum­ing. In this con­text, Swatch­paani of­fers a con­ve­nient, mo­bile, quick and cost ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for the pre-screen­ing of wa­ter sam­ples. The ex­ten­sive lab tests may be man­dated only when the pre-screen­ing sig­nals a po­ten­tial threat.” said Dr. Asharaf, Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor, Swatch­paani Project, In­dian In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Man­age­ment – Ker­ala (IIITM-K).

“The IBM Wat­son IoT plat­form is an easy-to-use, se­cure and scal­able so­lu­tion which pro­vides seam­less in­te­gra­tion with var­i­ous IoT de­vices to build spe­cial­ized, in­te­grated so­lu­tions to solve in­dus­try and busi­ness chal­lenges. The Swach­paani project is one such re­sult on Wat­son IoT that demon­strates the im­pact tech­nol­ogy can bring to the life of an in­di­vid­ual. IBM In­dia con­tin­ues to work with academia to cre­ate use­ful and mean­ing­ful in­no­va­tion based on Wat­son tech­nolo­gies.” said Devkant Aggarwal, Man­ager, Univer­sity Re­la­tions, IBM In­dia.

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