Grand Challenge – Smart Water Supply Measurement and Monitoring System | UPSC
Grand Challenge for development of “Smart Water Supply Measurement and Monitoring System” – Evaluation of applications underway
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SMART WATER SUPPLY MEASUREMENT AND MONITORING SYSTEM
- The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY)
- National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM)
- Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation
- Ministry of Jal Shakti
- Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has been launched which aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.
- The programme focuses on service delivery at the household level, i.e. water supply regularly in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality.
- This necessitates the use of modern technology in systematic monitoring of the programme.
- It is important to capture service delivery data automatically for ensuring the quality of services.
- Digitally enabled water supply infrastructure will help in near real-time monitoring and evidence-based policymaking.
- There is an opportunity to deploy a frugal IoT based system to monitor quantity, quality, and periodicity of water delivery.
- Digitisation of water supply infrastructure has the potential to solve some of the biggest societal problems facing the nation.
- More importantly, it will help anticipate and address future challenges.
- To conduct an ICT Grand Challenge which bring innovative, modular, and cost effective solution.
- The system would collect and facilitate centralised monitoring of data.
- CDAC would be the implementing agency of the grand challenge and provide technical support also.
- Also, Jal Jeevan Mission would provide locations and financial support for sourcing and installation of devices/solutions .
- JJM will assist in deployment as well as logistics, travel and other contingency expenses.
- The Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, LLPs registered in India under Companies Act can apply.
- The entity must have 51% or more shareholding with Indian citizen or person of Indian origin.
- To encourage participation from academia and industry, participating teams are not mandatorily required to be registered Indian Companies/ startups / MSMEs LLPs to apply for the challenge.
- However, the 10 teams shortlisted at Ideation Stage will be required to submit the proof of having applied at stage of submission of Prototype.
- It will be expected that by the time of selection at the final stage, necessary registration will be completed.
GRAND CHALLENGE PROBLEM STATEMENT
The proposed solution should focus on the following:
- The system should be able to compare schedules uploaded by the local authority on websites with data from nodes to generate alerts on account of any deviations.
- The node at supply side would analyse and determine the quality of water supply at each location based on factors such as pH, TDS, residual chlorine and nitrate.
- A detailed user manual must also be provided for each node.
- A battery back-up for controller may support the system for downtime and it is expected that the design should support 48 hours back-up
- The sensors should be battery powered with more than 5 years of battery life.
- Each node must be capable of executing the tasks : Outlets of tube-wells, pumping system and/or overhead tanks, and at the tail end deliver point.
- Nodes should have pluggable communication module with 2G/4G/ NB-IoT.
- The sensors should be in-line and nodes should have an onboard display with high resolution mode and OTA support.
- The (smart tap) water meters that are associated with a control valve at the consumer end (tail node) may be operated at a minimal power.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
STAGE–1 (IDEATION TO PROTOTYPE STAGE)
- 10 proposals will be shortlisted and provided financial support to the tune of Rs. 7.5 Lakh each.
- This will help them develop a working prototype of the proposed solution within two months duration (max).
STAGE – 2 (PROTOTYPE TO PRODUCT STAGE)
- Best four techno-economically viable prototype shall be selected for product development and each team will receive Rs 25 Lakh .
- This will help them build their solution as per the need of the user agency within three months duration (max) .
- These four teams shall be provided with financial support for necessary handholding by the Jal Jeevan Mission, MeitY and the implementing agency (CDAC) for testing, deployment and demonstration at the live site.
For these field trials, each finalist will be provided the following financial support:
- Towards sourcing and installation of devices/solutions deployment
- Towards logistics and other contingency expenses @10 lakhs each
STAGE – 3 (PRODUCT DEPLOYMENT STAGE)
- Based on evaluation, one winner and two runner-ups will be selected and supported by 50 Lakh (winner) and 20 Lakh each (runner-ups).
- The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims providing Tap Connection to every rural household by 2024 with particular focus on ‘service delivery’ .
- The focus is to achieve regular water supply in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on long-term basis.
- Digitisation of water supply infrastructure has the potential to solve current problems as well as help anticipate and address future challenges.
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