Open Source Internet-of-Things Platform to Monitor Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Internally Displaced Communities and Refugee Camps
By Upande Limited
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) services in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and refugee camps are often strained by insecurity – inaccessible to communities, especially during rainy reasons. Data on the performance and usage of water, sanitation and hygiene assets in camps is difficult to measure, usually left to staff doing individual rounds or collecting complaints. As a result, there is a little data driven decision making regarding assets, and no early warning in place on performance.
Upande Limited propose an offline Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Humanitarian agencies in conflict settings to monitor key water, sanitation and hygiene indicators, such as water level, flow, chlorine. This plug and play, easy to operate, affordable offline tool, will allow local partners to maintain their own setup without external support. Unlike most systems on the market, this has a public facing component to give access to data to those that need it. With this performance data, humanitarian partners will be able to make well-informed, data-driven decisions based on early warning and current on-the-ground information.