Off-grid sensors in a refugee camp

GCC (Grand Challenges Canada)Is a humanitarian organization with an aim to fund  resolutions to critical health conditions and  challenges in the evolving world. Today,  millions of  people are living in humanitarian crises and are still inaccessible due to armed conflict and conditions. The GCC is using offline IoT solutions in remote locations like refugee camps and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) to monitor essential waSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) systems. 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. 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. The GCC has partnered with Upande to provide two organizations which are TdH (Terres des Hommes) and NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council) with the offline IoT solutions.
TdH and NRC offline IoT setups monitor active chlorine concentration and water levels in tanks for most refugee locations like Kalobeyei in Kenya and an IDP camp in Rann in Nigeria. Upande Ltd is providing Upande smart sensors  that will24/7/365 collect the data on the parameters of interest like the water level, flow, and chlorine indicators. It then  sends the information  to the offline Upande IoT in a Box which processes the data and displays it on a dashboard on a local monitor.  The Upande IoT in a Box is built such that when an internet connection is detected, it will synchronize all the data it has collected to the online platform. For water security, the internally displaced people  in these areas are able to access well-treated clean water reliably without downtime in water provision. The Upande sensors are easy to  operate and are very affordable offline tools, which allow local partners to maintain their own setup without external support.