The winners for 2018 that is ‘Urban Drinking Water Challenge’ which is a global innovation competition to deploy and scale decentralized drinking water solution for the fast-growing were announced by the Founding partner Bluewater Group and 11th Hour Racing.
More than around 160 startups from more than 37 countries registered for the challenge. And in that, the three winning startups are DrinkingWell, Microlyze, and SmartTerra. The winning startup is going to represent a diverse range of technological approaches to solve the water scarcity in urban areas.
Each of the winners which include the India SmartTerra will be going to showcased in Stockholm at the time of World Water week on the time period of 25-31st August 2018. The challenge founding partners have also committed up to $1000000 in cash prizes, with the pilot funding investments and awards.
SmartTerra, which is a Bangalore based startup, which held on the third spot in the winning startups, is an Artificial Intelligence(AI) powered water intelligence platform which is fully equipped with the second tier Indian cities with the tools for data-driven decision making to identify the disruptions, service failures and some of the more opportunities for infrastructure updates. As one of three winning startups of UDWC 2018, SmartTerra will now receive the fund to start its pilots in two cities of the Indian state of Telangana.
SmartTerra is also working on an affordable and open urban data platform with some of the advanced geospatial intelligence for municipalities to manage the full cycle of water harvesting distribution and sewage/drainage. With the help of a SmartTerra platform, a country like India could also deploy, a method to reduce the waste, predictive operations and reinvest in their communities.
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