What is Challenge Fund?
The purpose of Challenge Fund is to
- Address and seek solutions of the problems which are seemingly unsolvable.
- Involve general people to find solutions of these problems.
- Create enthusiasm among the people of a fair competition and winning awards and recognition in solving national problems.
- Trigger early stage nationwide scalable innovation and offer required financial and technical support.
Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) Online Monitoring System
By law, effluent from industries must meet the national effluent discharge quality standards set by the Government of Bangladesh, including the “Quality Standards for Classified Industries”. Consequently any ETP must be designed and operated in such a way that it treats the wastewater to these standards. The regulations state that these quality standards must be ensured from the moment of going into trial production for industrial units. They also state that the Department of Environment can undertake spot checks at any time and the pollution levels must not exceed these Quality standards. Furthermore, the quality standards may be enforced in a more stringent manner if considered necessary in view of the environmental conditions of a particular situation. [Table1 - National Standards - Waste Discharge Quality Standards for Industrial Units and Projects (quality standard at discharge point)]
Proper Management, appropriate Use and Cost Minimization for industries can only be achieved by an automatic system - which can monitor effluent at discharged point in real-time, display effluent parametric data on-line, analyze the data, keep history of records and generate alarm/notification based on dynamic input from users.
River Water Quality Monitoring Using Sensors
The parameters that affect the quality of water in the environment can be physical, chemical or biological factors. Physical properties of water quality include temperature and turbidity. Chemical characteristics involve parameters such as pH and dissolved oxygen. Biological indicators of water quality include algae and phytoplankton. These parameters are relevant to surface water studies of the ocean, lakes, rivers, groundwater and industries. All these parameters have significant economic impact. Degradation in these parameters will drastically affect our economy and life quality.
Water quality monitoring can help researchers determine human impacts on an ecosystem. These measurements will assist in environmental restoration and remediation. It will help in maintaining environmental standards. DoE wish to automatically collect the parametric data remotely for continuous monitoring of river water.
DoE want to collect the following parametric data (given with unit) from the system:
- pH Level
- DO (mg/l)
- BOD (mg/l)
- COD (mg/l)
- TDS (mg/l)
- Chloride (mg/l)
- Turbidity (NTU)
- Alkalinity (mg/l)
- Electrical Conductivity (EC) (µmhos/cm)
- Suspended Solid (SS) (mg/l)
Can I participate individually in this challenge fund?
No, as per rules a Team has to participate.
Who will bear the prototype development cost?
a2i is awarding the money for the development of prototype.
If I meet the challenge exactly when will I be awarded?
After completing the full-selection process, the winner shall be contacted by a2i.
Is a mentor or adviser for a team mandatory?
Yes, a mentor or advisor to the Team is mandatory, and he/she will be a member of the team.
Will there be any certificates for all members of team?
Yes, Individual members of the awarded team will get separate certificate.
If I make the challenge or get the award, what is next?
Prepare and present working prototype within proposed timeframe.
Will there be any workshop or grooming session?
Yes, there will be any grooming sessions for the short listed teams.
How will I know that if I am in the short-list?
A notification will be sent to each members of the short-listed teams.
Is there any TA/DA included for the team members?
Yes, short-listed participants will get TA/DA as per a2i policy.
Is there any age limit for participating in the challenge fund?
No, there is no age-restrictions for participation.
Does the software part has to be a standalone application, or can it be a web app, hosted by the participants?
This will depend at the discretion of the participants/teams.
Can my presentation contents have videos?
Yes. A short descriptive video is preferred.
Does the prototype need to be fully-functional work grade?
Do I have to estimate a prototyping cost as well as piloting cost?
Yes. Relevant budget & cost analysis is preferred.
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