BITians’ Low-Cost Water Quality Monitoring Device @ SAH 2020
Given the potential of technology in building a better nation, the solutions it can offer are limitless. We have always been amazed by the role technology can play in bringing about change. With the advent of a digital era, India is keen on seeking solutions to real-world problems.
A digital transformation is already underway – Cloud and IoT solutions have already been adopted by various organisations. Since technology plays a pivotal role in facilitating change, it must be used to channelise the Government’s efforts in the right direction.
BITians at solving Realtime Problems
As an educator, BIT teaches students on How to Solve Our Realtime Problems Using The Technologies. Their products might not change the world. But the process will change their world.
Over time, they will learn how to think divergently as they find unique solutions to complex problems by using limited resources. In other words, they’ll see the value in creative constraint and thinking inside the box to think outside the box.
In BIT, students will engage in systems thinking, collaboration, and metacognition. They’ll grow into makers and creative thinkers. They’ll embrace an entrepreneurial mindset.
Here is a testament to that. Our Bannari Amman Institute of Technology students have found a distinctive solution to common real-world problems we all face every day in our life.
Their innovation was found best and won the First Prize with Cash amount of Rs. 75,000 in the Smart Aurangabad Hackathon held at Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad organized a National-Level Hackathon “Smart Aurangabad Hackathon” from 22 to 23 January 2020.
Low-Cost Water Quality Monitoring Device
Water is one of the most vital resources in a country, and when the country’s water is polluted, it is devastating, not only to the environment but also to human health and communities of all sizes.
Even though local, state and federal governments make large investments each year to keep the country’s water clean and safe, the nation’s water systems still need a helping hand to maintain the water quality in all water resources.
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to clean water resources.
In a nutshell, we all play a role in ensuring clean water for everyone by what we serve at the dinner table.
To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all, our Bannari Amman Institute of Technology students have found a device to monitor the quality of the water in water resources at low cost.
The two key requirements for a water quality monitor are the pH and TDS values, and normally a water quality monitor would have a pH sensor and a TDS sensor, which would cost approximately 8 to 9000 rupees, but our BITians water quality monitor uses a Simple Water Conductivity Mechanism.
Typical conductivity in water is based on the fact that pure distilled water does not conduct electricity and drinking water in a reasonable form, whereas seawater and contaminated water conduct electricity. It takes only around one thousand rupees to use this mechanism in our device. And the monitor is very compact so the device consumes only less energy.
Smart Aurangabad Hackathon
Smart Aurangabad Hackathon is an advent for thinkers and innovators to design, develop and find smart ways to make the world a better place. It’s the aura for ideas and the inventions!
Art makes questions. Design makes solution. Technology makes possibility and Hackathon turns possibility to come in reality.
The first edition of the SAH innovation challenge had invited participants from across the nation to submit sustainable and scalable solutions to challenges from diverse domains.
The Smart Aurangabad Hackathon 2020, a National-Level Hackathon was organized by the Government College of Engineering, in Aurangabad from 22 to 23 January 2020.
35 teams students from different states were shortlisted for the hackathon nation-wide.
A team comprising of four BIT students Vikram V, Sasi Dharan, Rithika, Senthil Prabhu K have presented their project in the SAH 2020.
Among all the diverse project ideas of the 35 teams, our BITians won the First Prize with a cash reward of Rs. 75,000 for the ‘Low-cost water quality monitoring device’.
Why Water Quality Monitoring is Important?
When we turn on the tap and fill up a glass, go for a dip in the ocean or fry up a freshly caught fish from the local lake, most of us take it for granted that these are all safe actions. The reality is that behind the scenes, scientists work tirelessly to ensure that the quality of the world’s most valuable resource is as high as possible.
From lakes and streams to coastal waters and estuaries, water quality monitoring is a critical practice carried out in countries across the globe.
We Extremely feeling proud that our BITians made it happen at a low cost.
At the end of the day, water quality monitoring is an essential part of keeping the planet healthy and sustainable. Land-based activities can have a huge impact on water systems and it’s critical that we realise how these affect water bodies, both above and below ground.
As we continue to build cities, clear land for farming and make other man-made changes to the natural environment, the water quality monitoring becomes increasingly important.