Hackathon incubates water-wise innovation

April 20th, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

Urbanisation is affecting the world’s water reserves and, by 2030, the world will need 40% more potable water than is currently available. Compounding the issue and according to the UN’s Water for Life report, it is estimated that some 300 of the 800-million inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa live in water-scarce environments. South Africa’s Western Cape province is currently in the grips of a drought described by meteorologists as a once-in-628 year weather event. Digitalisation of the existing infrastructure is a water wise step for both the public and private sectors. Siemens recently catalysed creativity in the digital economy by means of a 48 hour hackathon, #DigihackAfrica2018, which brought together Siemens engineers, IoT and digital industry experts from IBM, IoT.Nxt, Atos and Wits University to work on ideas with the potential to disrupt the IIoT environment in Africa. The winning team presented a decentralised intelligent water management system. The fully automated water accounting and leak detection system is made up of intelligently linked instrumentation from Siemens, flow meters and pressure transmitters linked to a GPRS 3G module that sends signals back to an in-house cloud based system.  Through a mobile app, water technicians and engineers in the field will have real-time monitoring access to the flow of water in any water infrastructure network on a device. The winning team will travel to the Siemens headquarters to further develop their idea and receive seed capital towards making it commercially viable.

Contact Jennifer Naidoo, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2795, jennifer.naidoo@siemens.com