Oxwater Smart Handpump
Waterpoint Data Transmitter for remote monitoring of hand pump usage and groundwater level
The Smart Handpump prototype is a Waterpoint Data Transmitter (WDT) that houses a an accelerometer, a microprocessor and GSM transmitter in the handle so usage and groundwater levels can be monitored remotely.
Rural areas of Africa and Asia
UNICEF, government, enterprise and local communities.
Research funded by:
- UK Department for International Development (DFID)
- NERC/ESRC/DFID UPGro Catalyst and Consortium
- Worshipful Company of Water Conservators
Remote pump sensors:
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Rural communities of Africa and Asia
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work.(Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Other)
(bluethooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify])
Can the product/service work offline?
Is the product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Ability to send and receive content
Usage rate for the app/voice-SMS service – Rates of user vs downloads
Rates of user vs downloads/subscriptions – Compliance rate for the mAg service
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate
Operating System required and Software version (Android, IOs, Windows, or other [specify])
Specify the application that serves the improvement of water access (Education and behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, Monitoring & evaluation, mapping, other)
Smart Handpump has an accelerometer, microprocessor and GSM transmitter installed inside the handle of the pump. The accelerometer measures the motion of the handle, the microprocessor calculates the volume of water pumped, and the transmitter sends out a regular SMS containing data on pump handle movement to be stored in a central database.
The WDT attached to the handle of a handpump consists of three essential elements: (a) an IC-based accelerometer; (b) a microprocessor; (c) a GSM modem.4
Research in Lusaka region, Ghana, conclude that the real-time monitoring of rural handpump functionality is possible.
Oxford study with 3 different pumps in the Valley View community in north-west Lusaka (located at 35L 647676E 8296299S, 35L 647651E 8296738S, and 35L 647943E 8297714S).
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