This article is sponsored by Intel.
Proving a broader support to the Digital India initiative, Intel has launched multiple initiatives like the Intel India Maker lab that provides infrastructure to budding entrepreneurs and platforms; the International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) that stimulates a culture of innovation and technology-enabled transformation in youth and the Digital India Challenge.
It was in April 2015 that Intel and DST launched the Innovate for Digital India challenge. Aspiring or existing entrepreneurs and innovators were invited to develop intuitive and easy-to-use solutions to drive technology adoption or create applications that accelerate the delivery of e-governance services through eKranti/MyGov apps on mobile platforms.
The challenge saw a whopping 1,900 entries from all over India. And, on November 20, the top 10 winning teams and their ideas were announced.
One of the top 10 finalists was Aurrasure, a solution built on Intel® Edison board and powered by Intel® XDK. It is a cloud connected mobile and web integrated system that predicts and monitors environmental parameters. This low-cost, multiple-point pollution monitoring system will empower government functionaries and individuals to keep a check on air pollution and contribute to control it.
Several cities and industrial areas in India are grappling with the constantly worsening pollution, leading to a large number of health issues among the population, which in turns leads to economic losses in the wake of loss of productivity. India clearly needs such solutions before it goes the way of other heavily polluted regions of the world.