Hydro-Informatics focuses on the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to address the problems of equitable, efficient and effective use of our planet’s precious water resources. Our center focuses on research and development of water resource management (WRM) technologies which will provide timely, accurate and easy-to-use information to stakeholders. This research encompasses the following areas:
- Participatory GIS and participatory modeling: Mobile and Web GIS, and other visualization tools
- Wireless sensors and actuators / IoTs
- Low power wireless networking
- Data Analytics
- Teaching and Learning
Since the commencement of our work in January, 2016, to achieve its objectives the Center has taken following initiatives:
- Developed a mobile-based geographic information system (GIS) which collects information from stakeholders
- Developed a web-based geographic information system (GIS) which shares information with all stakeholders. The GIS was made as a Free-Open-Source-Software (FOSS). FOSS is low-cost and easy-to-use, and thus can be deployed on a large scale to receive and provide timely and accurate information to and from stakeholders
- Developed analytical and visual tools to help recognize patterns and make decisions related to WRM
- Submitted a proposal to the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India titled ‘Sensors, Multi-Hopps and Analytics for Real-Time Inter-Connection of Village Wells. i.e. Smart Village wells.
- Launched a pilot WRM project, which deploys wireless sensors and IoTs within Sri City, to investigate models related to urban WRM.
In future, the research produced by the Hydro-Informatics Group will have a significant impact on the society pertaining to consumption and distribution of water.