Learning Exchange and Hackathon: Development of a Low-Cost Water Smart Metering Device
WISA’s Innovations for Water Supply and Sanitation Division are hosting a learning exchange and hackathon that seeks to address water management challenges through the design, construction, and testing of low-cost smart devices, compatible with existing water meters.
The aim of this two-day event is to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for managing water resources, by reducing wastage and costs, both through leak detection, timely water consumption feedback and changing customer behaviour. The desired outcome is a low-cost device which can be attached to existing meters thus giving them the basic capabilities of a smart meter while eliminating the costs of a smart meter unit.
The design thinking process will be applied in this event and will underpin consideration of the electronics, data conveyance, power for the device and ease of installation and other factors. Various industry leaders will also share experience and knowledge at the event and provide guidance to hackathon participants.
The objectives of the event
- Enhance participant competence on design thinking which is a methodology that can be applied to develop innovative solutions to a vast range of challenges.
- Develop and prototype a low-cost device with real time monitoring and data transmission capabilities which can be attached to existing bulk and consumer meters
- Build the case for a technological shift in water metering and explore what products, technology and systems are currently available.
Delegates attending this event will receive:
- Training on design thinking: participants will learn how to systematically go about designing/innovating a solution to a problem.
- CDP points
- Live solution development and prototyping
- Learning exchange on the power of data and analytics in the water metering environment