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The Internet of Drops: Linking small water related observations towards a cloud of data with IoT enabled sensor networks


Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is an approach to come to efficient, equitable and sustainable solutions to water problems. It needs a combination of various disciplines and the active involvement of all stakeholders. Many water resources engineers in the Global South are now trained in the use of hydrological models to assess how ongoing trends or new policy measures will affect water resources on the longer term.  They often lack weather and hydrological data to apply these models for IWRM. Novel Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and sensors now create an opportunity to collect such data at an affordable cost, even through citizen-science projects.  The proposed project aims to  provide training in the use of IoT technologies for monitoring water resources, and to setup a network of water resources specialists who develop and share software (sensor monitoring scripts, smartphone apps), information on hardware (sensors, IoT devices, building instructions), IoT network and cloud infrastructure, and best practices on how to involve stakeholders in water monitoring and IWRM.

Intervention type



01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Jan Diels
Local promoter Veronica Minaya
Local partner institution KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Local partner institution Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Other Flemish Partners Vrije Universiteit Brussel
visit www.vub.ac.be
Other local partners Arba Minch University
visit www.amu.edu.et
University of Cape Town
visit https://www.uct.ac.za/
Universidad de Cuenca
visit http://www.ucuenca.edu.ec/
Budget € 89.891