Free Trend Report Free 2019 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

New Smart Hand Pumps Send an Automatic SMS When Broken

 - Jun 15, 2012
References: & bbc
Smart Hand Pumps, which send an automatic message when broken, are being introduced in the Kyosu district in Kenya, in a effort to bring more reliability to water supply.

Water pumps, in any case, are a major source of water supply in rural Africa. However at any time, about one third of them are broken, and sometimes it takes a long time to repair them. Researchers from the Oxford University are implanting mobile data transmitters in 70 Smart Hand Pumps across villages in Kyosu. These transmitters will automatically send a SMS to the water managers when a pump breaks down and they will also send a SMS when the pump is repaired and back in action.

The researchers are hoping that this quick breakdown-identification system should lead to faster repair and a more reliable water source.