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Inverterless system lighten up 300 households in Telangana


With more than 300 million homes still living in the darkness, electricity in any form is a welcome step. Recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), in an association with the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Ltd (TSSPDCL) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), has deployed an inverterless solar power system.

Predicting floods with ‘Early Flood Warning System’ (Valsad successfully implements it!)


Predicting floods isn’t easy. This year itself, following heavy rain in July 2017, 224 deaths were reported due to severe flooding in Gujarat. To tackle this, Valsad, a small city in the State of Gujarat, has implemented an Early Flood Warning System (EFWS) to predict flood-like situation and make people and officers act on time. During the day time, the system will alert citizens via SMS, and via pre-recorded phone calls during the night.

​Now, a new prototype model for hospital infrastructure


The Union Health Secretary has launched a few handbooks that provide information on prototype models for hospital architecture. In tune with the Central Government’s initiative to assist States in setting up ambitious healthcare facilities, HLL Infra Tech Services (HITES), a subsidiary of HLL Lifecare (HLL), has developed prototype models for an array of projects, including building of super-specialty hospitals, medical colleges and cancer treatment centers.

This unique water ATM converts drinking water from thin air


As kids, we must have witnessed magicians removing various objects from thin air; however those were just an illusion. That said, Delhi is in limelight again, but for some different reason. The city’s Connaught place area now can create water from thin air. Interesting, isn’t it! The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has installed ‘Air to Water ATM’ in collaboration with a Israeli-based company Water-Gen.

Chandigarh adopts intelligent transport system to promote public transportation


In a major step forward in the initiative taken by the Government of India under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) and Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) to promote bus-based public transportation in the country, Chandigarh will be implementing an Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a part of Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Services (ESCBS) system.

See, how digital intervention can empower rural youth


In India, approximately 70 per cent of the nation’s 1.3 billion people live in rural areas. Largely due to poverty and illiteracy, many of these citizens may be unaware of government entitlements that exist to help them and may not have access to the Internet that could provide more information about these programs.

Now cook food with sensors (and analyze carbon footprint)


Nearly three billion people (about 40 per cent of the world’s population) still rely on traditional cookstoves that use fuels like firewood, cow dung and crop residue for their cooking needs. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that about four million people die each year as a result of inhaling the smoke and soot produced by cooking over traditional cookstoves.

Fisher Friendly app to save lives and improve incomes of fishermen


Generations of fishermen in India’s coastal regions have practiced and perfected their craft for years. However, with changing environmental conditions after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and its devastating impact, a new generation of fishermen is using wireless technology to earn their livelihoods in a safer and more profitable manner.