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IBM helps Indian institute measure water quality

Steve Rogerson
April 27, 2017



The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management in Kerala (IIITM-K) and IBM have developed a real-time water quality management system.
 
Called Swatchpaani, the system, powered by IBM Watson IoT technologies, is intended continuously to monitor water quality and measure temperature, pH and the presence of various metal and non-metal substances in the water.
 
The proposed system will include Libelium, signal conditioning boards and sensors, and Raspberry Pi for connecting these to IBM Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform. This connection into Bluemix will allow the app's data to be integrated into the Watson IoT platform for device and sensor data management, analysis, and visualisation.
 
"The conventional method of testing water quality is often inaccessible and time consuming," said Doctor Asharaf, principal investigator for the Swatchpaani project. “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.”
 
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 pre-screening mechanism to test the water quality of mobile water distribution systems.
 
"The IBM Watson IoT platform is easy-to-use and scalable to provide seamless integration with various IoT devices to build specialised, integrated solutions to industry and business challenges," said Devkant Aggarwal, manager of university relations at IBM India. “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.”
 
IIITM-K is an autonomous institute set up by the government of Kerala to promote higher education and research in the field of information technology and allied areas. Its mission is to be an institution of excellence in education, research, development and training in basic and applied information technology and management, and to be a leader in educational networking and a services provider for higher education and professions.
 
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