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IIT Bhubaneswar’s LPG tracker and 3 other designs that won the IoT innovation challenge

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posted on 17th December 2018
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IIT Bhubaneswar’s Prajjawala developed an IoT-based solution to measure, track, transmit, store and analyse consumers’ LPG consumption, a design that secured the top spot in the challenge.

The first edition of The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge, organised by leading digital infrastructure provider Tata Communications in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), just got underway. With over 700 application pouring in from 27 engineering colleges and universities in India, 10 teams were ultimately shortlisted for the grand finale that took place after a four-month-long contest, based on the theme of “Solutions that create a better society”.

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Out of these select few teams, four were chosen as the winner of the first Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Challenge on Monday, Tata Communications announced. Here’s a quick look at the top four winners:

Prajjawala from IIT Bhubaneswar

Conceptualised by IIT Bhubaneswar’s Prajjawala, an IoT-based solution designed to measure, track, transmit, store and analyse consumers’ LPG consumption secured the top spot in the contest. With their innovative LPG tracker, not only did the term emerge as the winner of this challenge, but also took home a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.

Dominators from Army Institute of Technology

Team Dominators from the Army Institute of Technology were declared the first runners-up in the IoT innovation challenge, winning a Rs 3 lakh cash prize. Their design comprised an IoT device that can be plugged to a streetlight to create a heat map of mosquitos for the municipal authorities to assess and plan mosquito control.

Sanrakshak (VIT) and Short Circuits (BITS Pilani)

Sharing the third spot in the contest were two teams – Chennai’s Vellore Institute of Technology’s team Sanrakshak and Short Circuits representing the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, Rajasthan. With their IoT-based solution, the two teams addressed some common and persistent issues. While Sanrakshak came up with affordable sensors to provide real-time data on the occurrence of faults on the railway lines, the team from BITS Pilani developed a solution to access the energy stored in electric vehicles when not in use. In doing so, team Short Circuits addressed the power deficiency issue. Both teams were awarded Rs 1.5 lakh each.

With this endeavour, Tata Communications, a major IoT solutions provider itself, will be looking to support the winning teams in scaling the idea to an operational business model.

“There is a need to build a holistic IoT ecosystem that will enable the use of technology to solve India specific problems. We firmly believe that this technology can contribute to improving quality of living and making our cities engines of economic growth and prosperity,” VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President & Head of Internet of Things, Tata Communications said in a statement.

He added, “We now want to encourage young minds, especially the engineering students, to engage meaningfully in this ecosystem. We are confident that their contribution will create large-scale, innovative solutions for the public good.”

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