Case Study

Smart Sanitation & Digital Water: GARV

Smart toilets, in terms of self-cleaning, have become popular throughout India. Located in Delhi, GARV Toilets are stainless steel, portable, smart, public bio-toilets equipped with an RFID-IoT (radio-frequency identification-Internet of Things) powered mobile application that can tell how many people have used a toilet, the amount of water available, and how often the toilet has been cleaned. It is equipped with smart technologies such as sensor-based flushing systems, which clean the toilet floor and lavatory pan, depending on requirements after every use. Digital sensors installed inside the toilet also provide information such as the percentage of users flushing the toilets, the amount of water used, the number of people using soap dispensers and help monitor the number of male and female users in the toilets.

Along with the use of radio-frequency identification technologies, GARV is piloting mobile solutions for pay-for-use, geo-locating, mobile market surveys, as well as advertising on the toilets by the maintenance agency. The radio-frequency identification dashboard is mobile friendly as well. Through this, the implementing agency will be able to monitor real-time data (health, hygiene, asset related) on any mobile device through the Internet of Things. The new scientific advancements have marked real-time biosensing of wastewater sources.

GARV is currently working on developing biosensors to enhance wastewater monitoring and improve preventative response measures for outbreaks such as COVID-19.

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