IIT Guwahati student develops affordable device

IIT Guwahati student Mr Satyam has recently achieved a significant milestone by winning the “Best Product Design” award under the category of Water and Sanitation at the prestigious Vishwakarma Awards 2023.

The award winner is a PhD scholar with Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Guwahati. He won the prize for developing affordable IoT-Enabled water quality monitoring device.

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Vishwakarma Awards 2023 was organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in partnership with Maker Bhavan Foundation and the WIN Foundation.

This competition aimed to identify and support the brightest minds in technology innovation from science and engineering colleges across India, say sources from IIT Guwahati.

The theme for 2023 was Water & Sanitation, Clean Technology & Smart Mobility. Compared to existing water quality monitoring devices Satyam’s device R-SAM-PRO is highly cost effective and integrated with IOT, say sources from IIT Guwahati.


Congratulating Mr. Satyam, Prof. Sanjukta Patra, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, said it has been a remarkable journey witnessing Satyam’s dedication and innovation in developing the IoT-enabled water monitoring system.

His project, a beacon of technological advancement, reflects a deep understanding of the challenges faced in water resource management, particularly in developing nations, said Prof Sanukta of IIT Guwahati.

The system’s affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities are not just a testament to his technical prowess but also his commitment to societal betterment, he said.

IIT GuwahatiThe device

The R-SAM-PRO device stood out among numerous entries because it comprehensively addresses critical water and sanitation needs with technological innovation, integrating IoT, multiple sensors, and AI readiness for advanced water quality monitoring, say sources from IIT Guwahati.

The system’s real-time data provision is crucial for environmental conservation and resource management, say sources from IIT Guwahati.

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Its affordability and user-friendly design make it highly accessible, with potential for widespread adoption, especially in resource-limited settings, significantly enhancing water quality monitoring practices.

About his innovation

Speaking about his innovation Mr Satyam, PhD Scholar, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, said, their product’s impact on social communities lies in its affordability, accessibility, and real-time data transmission capabilities.

By providing a cost-effective, multi-parametric, IoT-enabled solution, we aim to empower communities and authorities with the tools needed for effective water resource management and remediation, said Satyam of IIT Guwahati.

He further added, “I was Inspired by the critical issue of water pollution, especially in developing countries.

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My aim was to empower communities and authorities for effective water resource management, said Satyam of IIT Guwahati.

Key features

The key features of this award-winning of the IoT-enabled real-time water monitoring system are :

● Integrated GPS: Enables precise location tracking of water quality metrics.

● Diverse Sensors: Measures turbidity, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), oxygen levels, temperature, and pressure for a comprehensive water quality analysis.

● ESP32 Microprocessor: Powers the device with efficient processing and communication capabilities.

● Hybrid Power System: Ensures adaptability to different environments, reducing reliance on a single power source.

● AI Integration: Designed to incorporate artificial intelligence, enhancing data analysis and predictive capabilities.

● Advanced Data Retrieval: Streamlines access to collected data for user-friendly interactions with various stakeholders.

IIT GuwahatiFuture prospects

Speaking about the project’s future prospects, the innovators stated, “Over the next 1 to 7 months, our goals are to enhance our device by integrating more sensors, ensuring market readiness with necessary certifications and approvals.

We envision expanding our impact by reaching a broader audience and contributing significantly to sustainable water resource management on a global scale, he said.

About IIT Guwahati

IIT Guwahati was established in 1994, completed 25 years of glorious existence in 2019.

At present, the Institute has eleven departments, nine interdisciplinary academic centres and five schools.

They cover all the major engineering, science, healthcare, management, design and humanities disciplines.

Courses offered are related to BTech, BDes, BSc(Hons), MA, MDes, MTech, MSc, MS(R), MBA and PhD programmes.

The institute offers a serene residential campus to ~450 faculty members and more than 8,600 students at present.

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