Banyan wins Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0

Banyan Sustainable Waste Management (Banyan Nation), incubated at T-Hub Foundation (“T-Hub”), has been announced as the grand winner of the Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0.

To manage the 62 million tonnes of municipal waste generated annually in India, Banyan Nation has developed a modular system, customizable to the requirements of different municipalities and third-party system integrators. In its first pilot project, currently in its beta stage in Warangal, Telangana, it has deployed on-field bin sensors, GPS truck routers, landfill management toolkits and back-end visualization and analytic engines to monitor and synchronize waste management.

Banyan Nation has developed a zero-waste platform based on an Intel Edison board for Arduino, Intel IoT analytics platform and the Intel powered Jan Unnati tablet, to streamline and automate urban recycling operations at every stage. Combining informatics and hardware engineering, Banyan Nation’s management system aims to root out bottlenecks in India’s recycling value chain.

“This year, we expanded the scope of Challenge 2.0 by including the categories of smart city and sustainability, under which some of the most innovative solutions such as Banyan Nation have emerged. We look forward to the new heights our top teams will reach as they become role models and inspire other citizens to be the change in their communities,” said Prakash Mallya, Managing Director – Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Technology India.

“We are honoured to anchor Challenge 2.0 in collaboration with Intel, DST, MyGov and MeitY. In our experience, startups are keen to offer solutions that not only have business potential, but also those that disengage socio-economic orders that are at odds with inclusive development. This intensive programme, which has spanned over six months, has equipped the chosen start-ups with a global perspective to ensure that their game changing ideas translate to reality,” said Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub.

Geriatric healthcare start-up AllizHealth and infant mortality incubator iNICU were the other two winners at Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0.

AllizHealth is an assistive device based on the Intel Curie module in the preventive healthcare technology space. It connects the user with a health management platform that assesses and anticipates health risks particularly related to geriatrics support. Providing an integrated, predictive algorithm, the wearable digitally connects users with various ecosystem partners and caregivers for alerts on falls and resulting support and condition management.

iNICU and iCHR is helping reduce the neonatal infant mortality rate with a system that integrates real-time clinical data from connected devices within the laboratory with bedside observational data. Based on the Intel Cybertan Gateway and Intel Edison, the solution presents the information in medically comprehensive formats to reduce mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

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