Two Bengalureans win Infy Maker Award for innovative solutions

Infosys announced the winners of the first Infy Maker Awards, India. The Infy Maker Awards is to encourage and acknowledge those individuals that have an interesting or innovative solution for real-world issues or a knack for leveraging technology to make things easier.

These awards were initially launched in the U.S. by the Infosys Foundation USA in June 2015. In the first Indian edition, 20 winners were selected from more than 280 entries and more than 2,500 registrations. The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges representing technology, academia and the business community.The 20 winning ideas will be presented an award of INR 5 lakh each, a trophy and a certificate.

Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys said, “The Infy Maker Awards in India aim to recognize some of the best minds, and unleash the power of creativity and imagination of the next generation of thinkers. Through these awards we aim to inculcate and foster an ecosystem of forward-thinking makers.” Congratulating the winners on their achievement, Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA said, “The Infy Maker Awards program celebrates the spirit of making that is innate to all of us. These awards seek to recognize and reward the creative excellence of makers throughout India whose ideas and solutions have the potential to address the various challenges facing our world today.

Out of the 20 winners, two winners are from the city and in an interview with the media, the winners shared the inspiration behind their idea and the journey on which they treaded to solve some of the issues that are ailing the country and IT city in particular .

INVISIBLE BUS BAY TO EASE PARKING IN OVERCROWDED AREAS
The daily struggle of navigating through the chaotic city traffic, made Chetan Prasad think about a solution to ease the trouble for the commuters. However, the idea was not conceived few years back when traffic and Bengaluru became synonyms, but fifteen years back when many were not aware about what the future is going to unveil.

“The idea to come up with an invisible bus bay struck me some 15 years back when I saw the plight of the people taking buses to office. At that time traffic was not much, but still whenever a bus stopped in the middle of the road, the traffic became slow. I saw the future and shuddered at the idea of buses stopping in the middle of the traffic ten years from then.” The idea was inspired by the fact that the real estate of the city is limited, whereas the number of vehicles being added on the road can’t be controlled. The technology developed is a digital concrete pole that can be installed at regular intervals to work as bus-stops.

These poles will have the bus number and the route uploaded in a digital black box installed in the pole and will send signal to the concerned bus to stop and open their doors as soon as it reached its designated spot. The digital black box installed within the pole can be integrated with the intelligent transport system (ITS), which in turn will help monitor the behavior of the driver.

“The idea was to create a bus stop that will occupy minimum space, but at the same time will assist the commuters to board and alight from buses with ease. Every city has a problem of real estate and hence creating more bus bays or bus shelter is seldom encouraged by the civic authorities. The invisible bus bay is a solution to that problem,” said Chetan.

TEAM FERMIDICIUS’S SOLUTION TO WATER CRISIS
Fermedicius is a model solution to figure out if irrigation is required for a particular land and control mechanism for water supply from a tubewell. India is a country where till date 91% of surface and ground water is utilized for irrigation and to top this only hands few of big land owning farmers use sustainable models of irrigation like the drip system. Till date most small and medium land owning farmers uses flood irrigation.

“Water scarcity is a global problem and slowly our country is wandering into a bleak future as water tables are fast receding and water for irrigation is becoming a costly commodity. It should be noted that 3,500 litres of water is wasted for growing one kilogram of rice in the country and our idea was to bring down this wastage,” said Nitesh Kumar a team member of Fermidicius.

This technology helps the farmer to realize the amount of water needed for irrigating a particular stretch of land through image processing. At the same time it empowers the farmers to control the water flow at their farm by using their smart phones, remotely.

A relay system assists in both operating the pump set and opening and closing the gates for a particular stretch of land to maintain the water flow in a particular plot. This in turn helps saves a lot of water as the farmer is informed over their smart phone as to which plot needs water and that can be controlled remotely with the help of the same smart phone. “The technology will empower the farmers to stop and start irrigation according to the water need of the soil remotely. We ran our pilot project in Mandya where the electricity for irrigation pump set is supplied in the night.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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