[Startup Bharat] Surat-based Jal Technologies aims to help India solve its air pollution problem

[Startup Bharat] Surat-based Jal Technologies aims to help India solve its air pollution problem

After 2 months of lockdown to manage the spread of coronavirus, which needed the closing down of services and factories, India saw a decrease in its air contamination levels. The economy is gradually opening up once again. And, now more than ever, it is very important to be familiar with the ecological dangers looming upon us.

To this result, Surat-based cleantech IoT start-up Jal Technologies tracks, steps, and screens contamination and weather levels at numerous places throughout the state to comprehend how contamination is impacting individuals &#x 2019; s lives.

 Jal Technnologies

Vignesh Kaneria and Alpesh Donga, co-founders, Jal Technologies

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Founded in 2015 by Alpesh Donga and Vignesh Kaneria, Jal Technologies has actually established an IoT gadget Prkruti, which utilizes sensor-based innovation to keep an eye on air contamination levels. &#xA 0;

Speaking with YourStory, Vignesh discusses that Prkruti can be set up anywhere &#x 2014; on poles or outdoors on walls to keep an eye on the levels of air contamination.

&#x 201C; We launched in the ecological area owing to Alpesh &#x 2019; s enjoy for nature and fixing issues afflicting the environment. In 2015, when we understood the risks of air contamination, we started establishing a gadget, which will provide information about the contamination level in real-time. Over the next 5 years, we established various variations of Prkruti after evaluating loopholes and mistakes in the service and now we have our last variation all set, &#x 201D; he says.How does Prkruti work  &#xA 0; &#xA 0;

According to Vignesh, the real-time information gathered by Prkruti is verified by expert system (AI) algorithms. The information can then be accessed by federal government organizations and markets through the incorporated open-source &#xA 0; software application on mobiles or computer systems. &#xA 0;

The co-founder discusses that the B2B gadget keeps an eye on air quality real-time and shares the information by means of Wi-Fi and GPRS to a main server, which then shows the findings on the Prkruti app or web show software application. &#xA 0;

With insights about elements such as PM 2.5, PM 10, co2, ozone, humidity, sound and so on, federal government organizations can develop policies to manage the air quality of a specific location. &#xA 0; The information readily available will assist people get knowledgeable about the effect of their actions on the environment and what they can do to manage contamination levels. &#xA 0;

Prkruti, which can be set up outdoors on walls and poles, runs separately as it &#xA 0; is powered by solar power. It is likewise water resistant to secure itself from rains. &#x 201C; The gadget produces its own solar power to power itself and does not need any additional electrical energy to run. The gadget can likewise save solar power to power itself for a minimum of 2 to 3 days in case of rainy or cloudy weather condition, &#x 201D; states Vignesh.

He includes that the innovation has actually been totally established in India while the hardware elements are being sourced from Europe.

The start-up has actually likewise been picked by petrochemical significant Shell for its E4 Scale Track 2020. As a part of this program, Shell will assist the chosen start-ups to scale up their operations and items, and likewise concentrate on their service technique.  &#xA 0; &#xA 0; Shell likewise invested a concealed quantity in February 2020 in Jal Technologies as a part of this program.


Prkruti. Credit: Jal Technologies

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Jal Technologies has actually likewise established a B2C option Prkruti Lite to determine the indoor air quality. According to Vignesh, it is a portable and compact gadget, which requires to be linked to one &#x 2019; s smart phone to reveal real-time information on the quality of the indoor air.

&#x 201C; Prkruti Lite is a little gadget, which requires to be linked to an Android phone and will be powered through the phone. When the users plug in the gadget and download the Prkruti Lite mobile application, they can keep track of the level of contaminants in their surrounding air real-time, &#x 201D; the co-founder includes.

Vignesh states that the item is readily available for purchase on Amazon India website. Apart from this, the start-up is likewise preparing to display the item on Amazon Launchpad.

The gadget tracks and displays Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), co2 concentrations, temperature level, humidity, atmospheric pressure, and sound. It instantly informs the user through the application when they get in locations with bad air quality. &#xA 0; The service is specifically efficient for individuals with breathing difficulties, such as asthma, to avoid themselves from remaining in locations with damaging air quality.

 Prkruti Lite

Prkruti Lite. Credit: Jal Technologies

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Speaking about business design, Vignesh describes that the business is targeting to establish the items for federal government organizations, wise city facilities, and market CSR jobs. Apart from this, the start-up is likewise preparing to operate in backwoods for air quality tracking and projection weather condition quality for farmers to resolve farming issues.

&#x 201C; The rate of the B2B service varies depending upon the criteria required by the customers to be kept track of. Typically, the Prkruti service can cost someplace in between Rs 2 and 5 lakh. The B2C service Prkruti Lite is readily available on Amazon for a repaired cost of Rs 3,500, &#x 201D; states Vignesh.

According to the co-founder, Jal Technologies has actually released Prkruti and are performing pilot tasks at the Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara towns in Gujarat, and union area Dadra and Nagar Haveli. &#xA 0;

Speaking about future strategies, Vignesh states that the start-up is presently aiming to scale up its operations and release Prkruti throughout India. He includes that Jal Technologies has no instant financing strategies and is presently working with its own financing and financial investment from Shell.  &#xA 0;

The co-founder likewise discussed that the start-up takes on Bosch Climo Aeroqual, who is succeeding in this area. He included that the start-up is dealing with federal government organizations such as CPCB, NEERI, NPL for recognition of the item.   &#xA 0;

(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)

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