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Project partner KotahiNet shortlisted for international award

POSTED: 18 January 2019

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KotahiNet has installed a remote, automated and continuous fresh water quality monitoring system across four sites on the Waikato River.

RiverSense, a remote, automated and continuous fresh water quality monitoring system developed by Tuia Innovation’s project partner KotahiNet and piloted on the Waikato River, has been shortlisted for an international Internet-of-Things Game-changers award.

The development was conceptualised by Tuia Innovation principal Guy Royal and IOT entrepreneur Vikram Kumar, whose company KotahiNet has installed the system across four sites on the Waikato River.

The installation and associated monitoring programme was undertaken on behalf of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (TARIT) with the support of the Ka Hao Māori Digital Technology Development Fund administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.

In the application for the IOT Game-changers Award, which attracted over 500 international entries, Vikram said RiverSense combines ‘digital kaitiakitanga’ and Māoritanga to bridge the growing gap between people and their rivers.

TARIT represents the interests of the three Te Arawa River Iwi located within the Upper Waikato River catchment area: Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Kearoa-Ngāti Tuarā and Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao.

The Trust sponsored this initial RiverSense project, enabling the device to be conceived, developed, tested and adjusted to its current state, as it supported their ambition “to assert mana awa and improve the health and wellbeing of the Waikato river, tributaries and environs”.

Vikram will showcase RiverSense at a pitch and award ceremony at the Innovation World Cup series event in Barcelona on February 26.

 

KotahiNet a finalist for Innovation World Cup Series

 
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