IIT Bhubaneswar’s IoT solution winner of Tata Communications and CII’s first edition of ‘Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge’

Tata Communications, announced the winners of ‘The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge,’ a 4-month long contest organised in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Based on theme, ‘Solutions that create a better society,’ engineering students from select colleges across India built prototypes of IoT enabled solutions by leveraging Tata Communications’ IoT infrastructure and expertise.

The winner Prajjawala from IIT Bhubaneswar designed an IoT-based solution to measure, track, transmit, store and analyse consumers’ LPG consumption. First runner up 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.

Second runner up position was shared by Sanrakshak from VIT Chennai 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 first edition of The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge witnessed 757 applications from a closed contest across India. The jury comprised of VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head of Internet of Things (IoT) at Tata Communications; Rohit Srivastwa, Senior Director at Quick Heal Technologies Ltd. as a representative of CII; Arvind Tiwary, Chair-IoT Forum at TiE Bengaluru; Anita Rajan, Chief Operating Office, Tata Strive and Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Center.

The shortlisted teams were given exclusive access to Tata Communications’ for 4 months 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. We now want to encourage young minds, especially the engineering students, to engage meaningfully in this ecosystem. We are confident that their contribution will create large-scale, innovative solutions for public good. The overwhelming participation we have received for this challenge, demonstrates their keenness to participate and make a difference. We see it as a validation of our endeavour to build a strong talent pipeline by offering students a practical experience of ideating, prototyping, building and scaling a solution for the betterment of our society” said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President & Head, Internet of Things, Tata Communications.

“One of the main challenges that India faces is the professional skill gap, where it has a big talented workforce but very few experienced on the emerging technologies, we are deeply thrilled to strengthen and take forward our partnership with Tata Communications through The Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge. This initiative is in line with the objective of the CII – Tata Communications Centre for Digital Transformation, to catalyse digital change for the nation by accelerating adoption of new age technologies and championing the cultivation of new talent to drive innovation forward. Through this challenge, India’s students (our future leaders) have demonstrated their inclination towards using IoT to create path-breaking solutions for a better society and the need for right mentorship and IoT infrastructure, which is being addressed by Tata Communications, a leading player in the sector” said Anjan Das, Executive Director, CII.

Tata Communications laid foundation for IoT in India with world’s largest LoRaWAN network spanning across 2000 communities and 38 cities in the country to create an end-to-end connected ecosystem.

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