Team Prajwalla from IIT Bhubaneswar designed an IoT-based solution to measure, track, transmit, store and analyse consumers’ LPG consumption. The team bagged ‘The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge, a 4-month long contest organised in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Riding on the theme, ‘Solutions that create a better society,’ engineering students from select colleges across India were invited to build prototypes of IoT enabled solutions by leveraging Tata Communications’ IoT infrastructure and expertise. While the ideas received were diverse, majority of them were underpinned by the need for efficient civic administration and public safety – demonstrating that transformation is not just about digitisation of processes, but creating value for citizens and businesses, based on smarter systems that enable smarter use of data.
The second winner Dominators from Army Institute of Technology designed an IoT device that can be plugged to a streetlight, creating a heat map of mosquitoes for the municipal authorities to assess and plan mosquito control.
Third prize was jointly awarded to – Sanrakshak from VIT Chennai who created affordable sensors to provide real-time data on the occurrence of faults on the railway lines, ensuring safe and secure journey for travellers and Short Circuits from BITS Pilani which addressed power deficiency issues by accessing the energy stored in electric vehicles, when not in use. The second winner was given cash prize worth INR 3 lacs and the third place secured INR 1.5 lacs each.
Tata Communications will look to extend its support to the winning teams in scaling the idea to an operational business model. The first edition of The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge witnessed 757 applications from a closed contest (open to only 27 engineering colleges and universities) across India. Of these only 10 teams made the cut to the finale.
For four-months, shortlisted teams were given exclusive access to Tata Communications’ dedicated LoRaWAN™ IoT network, Raspberry Pi™ kits along with expert mentorship from Tata Communications’ IoT Product & Solutions team to build their ideas into prototypes that demonstrates engineering expertise, has an innovation quotient, market relevance and commercial viability.
“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. Through our LoRaWANTM based LPWAN and cloud-based IoT platform we have been successfully catering to experiential and growing needs of the entire spectrum – the Government, large enterprises and start-ups.” – said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President & Head, Internet of Things, Tata Communications.
According to a survey of 774 companies across four industries (conducted by World Economic Forum and Observer Research Foundation), nearly 84% companies will need to re-train their existing employees with new technologies such as IoT, big data, cloud computing and AI to address the skill gap.
Tata Communications is already laying the foundation for IoT in India with the world’s largest LoRaWAN network spanning across 2000 communities and 38 cities in the country to create an end-to-end connected ecosystem. This will give rise to a new civic operating system which will be fuelled by data to enable seamless and secure connectivity between devices to make public services more accessible, reduce environmental impact and empower communities at large.