DST-Intel research to focus on river water and air quality monitoring

Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Intel have jointly initiated “Research Initiative for Real-time River Water and Air Quality Monitoring” to develop low-cost and low-power autonomous wireless sensor technologies for sensing, communication and analysis of large-scale data collected from autonomous networks of perpetual/long-lived sensor nodes.

The two air quality monitoring projects are: Streaming Analytics over Temporal Variables from Air quality Monitoring (SATVAM) and high resolution air quality monitoring and air pollutant data analytics. The two water quality monitoring projects are: Aquatic Autonomous Observatory (Niracara Svayamsasita VedhShala – NSVS) and integrated low-cost water sensors for real-time river water monitoring and decision- making (SensorWarn).

Presiding over the function to mark the commencement of DST-Intel Collaborative Research for real-time river water and air quality monitoring, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that research has to be increasingly made people-centric and research must find solutions to the problems of the people.

He stated that development and application of advanced tools and techniques by leading Indian and US institutions for real time water and air quality monitoring is of utmost importance to address the critical scientific challenges involved.

Addressing the gathering, Jonathan Ballon, vice president, Internet of Things Group (IOTG), Intel said, “Intel continues its focus on supporting innovation and technology research aimed at creating solutions to help improve the quality of life. The initiative will draw meaningful insights that will help towards developing end-to-end IoT-based real-time water and air quality monitoring solutions, creating affordable and applicable solutions for India’s community challenges.”

The development of these technologies will be followed by integration and deployment for water and air quality monitoring in real time. This real-time data will significantly strengthen and complement the Missions of national priority like Namami Gange, by serving as critical data feeders for pre and post treatment analysis.

The joint programme is co-funded by DST and Intel and implemented by the bilateral Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

After a comprehensive review, two projects each in Air and Water Quality Monitoring have been selected. These research projects will be pursued by leading Indian scientific and technical institutions such as IITs and IISc in collaboration with top US institutions like Duke University, University of South California, Michigan State University, Stanford University etc.


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