IIT Bhubaneswar’s LPG Tracker Project Bags IoT Innovation Challenge


The 4-month long contest witnessed as many as 757 applications from 27 engineering colleges and universities across the country

IIT Bhubaneswar was declared the winner of the first edition of Grand India IoT Innovation Challenge for its Internet of Things (IoT) project that tracks the consumption pattern of LPG.

Designed by Prajjawala from IIT Bhubaneswar, the IoT-based solution can measure, store, track, transmit and analyse data related to consumers’ LPG consumption. Prajjawala was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.

The 4-month long contest was organised by digital infrastructure provider Tata Communications, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It received as many as 757 applications from 27 engineering colleges and universities across the country.

Second and Third winners

The Dominators team from the Army Institute of Technology emerged as the second winner. They designed an IoT device that can be plugged to a streetlight, creating a heat map of mosquitoes for the municipal authorities to assess and control mosquito breeding.

Third prize of the IoT Innovation Challenge was jointly awarded to Sanrakshak from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Chennai and the Short Circuits team from BITS Pilani.

Sanrakshak created affordable sensors to provide real-time data on the occurrence of faults on the railway lines — ensuring a safe and secure journey for travellers.

Short Circuits addressed power deficiency issues by accessing the energy stored in electric vehicles, when not in use.

The second winner was given a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh and the third placed secured Rs 1.5 lakh each.

Building ideas into prototypes

As part of the contest, Tata Communications provided the shortlisted teams access to its dedicated LoRaWAN IoT network, Raspberry Pi kits along with expert mentorship from its IoT Product & Solutions team to build their ideas into prototypes.

VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head, Internet of Things, Tata Communications, stressed that there is a need to build a holistic IoT ecosystem that will enable the use of technology to solve India specific problems.

One of the main challenges that India faces is the professional skill gap, according to Anjan Das, Executive Director, CII.

Das said that India has a big talented workforce but very few experienced on the emerging technologies.

In a statement, Tata Communications said that it will look to extend its support to the winning teams in scaling the idea to an operational business model.