Ulster University is leading a UK-India research consortium of international experts to develop next generation internet technology for remote management of utilities, water quality detection and flood monitoring.
Other UK academic partners include University College London, Bristol University, St Andrews University, Birmingham University, Lancaster University, Southampton University, and the University of Cambridge. The Indian participants are the Indian Institutes of Technology based in Madras, Mumbai, Indian and Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Prof Gerard Parr from Ulster’s Faculty of Computing and Engineering, who established the UK-India initiative, said there are around 800 million people living in rural parts of India who do not have access to clean water or sustainable electricity or communications technologies which can support equitable access to education and health services.
He said the consortium has the expertise to address these problems in the design, planning and deployment of large scale technology systems that can provide wireless Internet access in rural villages and towns. Separately, scalable wireless grid technology using application-specific sensors could be used in a wide range of ways, including power management, water quality detection and flood plain monitoring.
The consortium has secured funding of £145,000 from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council’s (EPSRC) INTERACT 5 programme.