An IoT project conceptualised at IIT Bhubaneswar that tracks the consumption pattern of LPG has emerged as the winner of the Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge.
The first winner Prajjawala from IIT Bhubaneswar designed an IoT-based solution to measure, track, transmit, store and analyse consumers’ LPG consumption. Prajjawala received a cash prize of Rs 5 lacs.
The challenge was organised by Tata Communications, itself an IoT solutions provider and industry association CII. The four month long contest carrying a theme on ‘Solutions that create a better society’ witnessed 757 applications.
For four-months, shortlisted teams were given exclusive access to Tata Communications’ dedicated LoRaWAN IoT network, Raspberry Pi kits along with expert mentorship from Tata Communications’ IoT Product & Solutions team to build their ideas into prototypes that demonstrates engineering expertise, has an innovation quotient, market relevance and commercial viability.
The second winner Dominators from Army Institute of Technology designed an IoT device that can be plugged to a streetlight, creating a heat map of mosquitoes for the municipal authorities to assess and plan mosquito control.
While the ideas received were diverse, majority of them were underpinned by the need for efficient civic administration and public safety – demonstrating that transformation is not just about digitisation of processes, but creating value for citizens and businesses, based on smarter systems that enable smarter use of data.
Third prize of the IoT Innovation Challenge was jointly awarded to – Sanrakshak from VIT Chennai who created affordable sensors to provide real-time data on the occurrence of faults on the railway lines, ensuring safe and secure journey for travellers and Short Circuits from BITS Pilani which addressed power deficiency issues by accessing the energy stored in electric vehicles, when not in use. The second winner was given cash prize worth Rs 3 lacs and the third place secured Rs 1.5 lacs each.
Tata Communications will look to extend its support to the winning teams in scaling the idea to an operational business model, the company said in a statement.
The first edition of The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge witnessed 757 applications from a closed contest (open to only 27 engineering colleges and universities) across India. Of these only 10 teams made the cut to the finale. The jury comprised of VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head of Internet of Things (IoT) at Tata Communications; Rohit Srivastwa, Senior Director at Quick Heal Technologies Ltd. as a representative of CII; Arvind Tiwary, Chair-IoT Forum at TiE Bengaluru; Anita Rajan, Chief Operating Office, Tata Strive and Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Center.