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Living Lab at IIIT-H deploying new tech to improve quality of urban life

Published: 12th Oct 2021 12:05 am | Updated: 11th Oct 2021 11:45 pm

Hyderabad: There are laboratories, and then there is the Living Lab in Hyderabad.
This unique Smart City lab, which is where one can witness how modern technology is deployed for improving the quality of urban life, is at the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) and has been set up in collaboration with the European Business and Technology Centre and the Amsterdam Innovation Arena (AIA) with support from the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the State government.

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The Living Lab, according to an IIIT-H blog, is using the 70-plus acres of the Institute, along with its 4,000 occupants, research labs and 250 startups as a test bed for research and experimentation of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart cities. The ‘life’ at the lab sees the server getting updated every 15 seconds with information on air quality parameters. Similar is the case with other parameters on water management, energy consumption and weather conditions, all of which are under continuous surveillance.

The water quality is measured by tracking the turbidity and pH levels among other parameters every four hours. As for forecasting weather, a range of advanced devices are installed across the IIIT-H campus to capture data on wind speed, direction, air temperature, humidity and rainfall. The Living Lab also collects data from conventional energy sources like electricity consumed via lights, fans and other typical electrical appliances, as well as from solar energy to monitor energy.

According to Anuradha Vattem, Lead Architect of the Living Lab space, with the continued presence of the pandemic, the Lab has also recently begun efforts in crowd monitoring via security cameras installed on campus.

“These help to count the number of people, number of mask violations if any, and group gatherings violating the mandatory safe distance norms. It has particularly been useful in identifying violators and helps keep the Covid-19 outbreak in the campus in check. Data from all these sources is presented on a live dashboard that can be tweaked to drill down to levels of granularity. It serves as an easy, one-stop solution to visualise all current operations on campus,” she said.

The Living Lab is also collaborating with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore’s India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) programme for seamless data exchange between IIITH’s data monitoring systems and data consumers across the country.

Connected to over 22 research centers, six of which are directly related to Smart Cities to take up research projects immediately relevant to smart city use cases, the Lab is also an Incubator for startups working on Smart City solutions.

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