Piloted Innovations

Partnership, Applicability and Scalability of Innovations and Technologies for Climate Resilience in South Asia

Supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Government of the United Kingdom’s through its Program for Asia’s Resilience to Climate Change (PARCC) Trust Fund, the main objective of TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge was to enhance the capacity of communities and State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) in India to prepare and respond to disasters, climate risks, and COVID-19 through cutting-edge technological interventions.

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Nelen & Schuurmans’ Flood Forecasting System will develop a flood early warning system that is useful for both immediate calamity management and long-term planning, through two software solutions that can be run through cloud-based computing from any laptop/tablet.  The interactive interface allows one to visualize how water flows during the actual simulation, and also interact with it. With the AI based simulation, the user can let it rain, generate storms or break levees, adapt elevation or change the interception of an area. An example here.    Learn more

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Seismic AI’s End to End Managed Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) covers all aspects of designing, deploying, maintaining, monitoring and improving the performance of the network.  The core of SeismicAI’s EEWS is a unique real-time seismic algorithm that uses Array Seismology to locate the epicenter (back-azimuth), and several unique non-empirical algorithms to estimate the magnitude and expected ground shaking at any location. The algorithm is driven by a state-of-the-art real-time, distributed computing environment that reduces the number of stations / nodes drastically, and supports real-time seismic processing even in the harsh settings where the stations are often located.   Learn more

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Project OWL’s Post Disaster Internet Connectivity provides wireless devices basic connectivity for messaging and information. Project OWL developed an innovative unified network infrastructure of hardware, firmware, and software to create a seamless plug-and-play solution. The DuckLink is a wireless device that provides basic connectivity for messaging and information.  DuckLinks may be deployed in networked clusters to form the ClusterDuck Network in the air, on the ground, on the water, or underground. The open-source nature of Project OWL’s technology makes it an effective solution to distribute code and knowledge to affected communities without requiring on-the-ground manufacturing and teams for deployment. Learn more

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deaForge manufactures fully customizable, high capacity drones that can be deployed for defense, homeland security and enterprise solutions. ideaForge’s drones will aid the chosen SDMA in; disaster preparedness through surveillance, survey and mapping, disaster response and relief by acting as first responder to provide on-ground situational awareness, and disaster recovery by conducting post-disaster damage assessment.   Learn more

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Pragathi foundation is to pilot a Two Way Community Based Connectivity using a Wifi based 2 way Local Radio, that caters to the information needs of rural communities living in a particular locality, which includes portable transmission and receiving devices using open source technology. The pilot is to be implemented in tandem with the chosen SDMA in signal dark areas that have hitherto never been connected to the outside world through any means of telecommunications. The communications solution is low tech, remote community based DRM and focuses on awareness creation. It is also highly cost effective. Learn more.

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Saif Seas has developed Autonomous Drones for Rescue, a remote operated buoy that functions as a zero risk rescue device.  The buoy has a strong communication range of up to 3kms that can be extended to 10kms if necessary.  The buoy is fully customisazle and can be retrofitted with HD cameras, robotic probes or weaponry and designed as per the needs / requirements of the SDMA.   Learn more

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Quantela’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Platform (CoVER) is an integrated command and control center for crisis management.  It is a proven Command Centre Platform with Flexible and Dynamic Integrations, Visualizations layer, Automation Rules and Mobile Apps (T COVID’19 – on Google Play and App Store).  Apart from the command and control center, the platform comes with Field officer mobile app and… Learn more

Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) was aimed to crowdsource innovative and disruptive technology solutions from around the world for resilience in South Asia. It builds partnerships, applicability, and scalability of innovations and technologies for climate resilience in South Asia supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Government of the United Kingdom’s through its Program for Asia’s Resilience to Climate Change (PARCC) Trust Fund.

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Oy Arbonaut provides technological solutions for natural resource management. In Nepal, they will pilot the ProMS platform and its functionalities by developing a GIS web interface as well as a mobile application to provide local farmers in Nepal with Agro-Met Innovative Advisory Services (AMIAS) and build food security of the farming communities.

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The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has developed the Irrigation and Climate Advisory Services (ICAS), an automated system supported by Artificial Intelligence and algorithms that integrates complex remotely sensed, field research, and citizen science (citizen observed weather parameters) data. The integrated data is then converted to useful information and climate advisories in local languages for farmers in Pakistan.

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The Small Island Geographic Society’s Heyli is a mobile application that utilizes citizen science and crowd sourcing to gather data on coastal erosion and flooding in the Maldives. The pilot application aims to implement a measurable monitoring system and calculate the extent to which an island is affected by coastal erosion and flooding over a period of time. The data is then used to develop end-products such as maps and statistics to support development planning and further research.

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The Alliance for Appropriate Technology Exchange will deploy a three-part sub-modules system integrated with ICT applications i.e (i) Smart Vertical Farming Module (SVFM) , (ii) rainwater harvesting module and (iii) solar module for smart vertical farming and improve the productivity of urban and semi urban farming in Sri Lanka.

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The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will deploy A near-real time monitoring of road and power infrastructure using advanced geospatial datasets with the help of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence via android application and associated (Climate Resilient Infrastructure for Social Transformation and Adaptation) Dashboard in Bangladesh and Nepal. The pilot is intended to support the decision makers in addressing risk information gaps to improve community level climate resilience through risk sensitization.

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Carthago will deploy its Tidal River Water Custodian, a decision-making framework on resilient and adaptive livelihoods to be deployed in Bangladesh. The pilot includes a set of tools and methods that allows diverse mapping of local communities and their vulnerability profiles and their inclusion in the formal decision support processes.

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CropIn Technology will deploy their SmartFarm, a tailored advisory dissemination system through an ICT platform with mobile and web interfaces. The platform would enable smallholder farmers to have access to knowledge and information on sustainable best practices as well as curated, timely, and automated weather advisories in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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NAXA Pvt. Ltd will deploy their Household Level Risk Assessment Tool, a customizable data collection digital system that can assess household-level vulnerability and risk factors (using a mobile application and a web application) for evidence-based decision support and to plan effective risk financing strategies in Nepal.

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Seoul National University is deploying an integrated pest management platform (SPMP) in Bangladesh that provides seamless climate information, ranging from high-resolution gridded climate change scenario, seasonal forecast, weather forecast, to mechanistic modeling platform for pests and diseases. The SPMP comprises of three key information components to make pest management decisions possible: (i) UniDform (Universal Downscaling Platform for Climate Information Applications); (ii) GMP3 (Generic Modular Platform for Plant Pests); (iii) IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

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Zephyr Consulting Limited will pilot the SLAMDAM-technology, a low-cost hardware technological solution to enhance resilience against floods. The movable water-filled flood barrier, will be deployed in Pakistan where there are flooding risks and therefore improve resilience to flooding risks.

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Geoneon develops solutions to anticipate the impact of climatic disasters through deep-learning model that automatizes land-use segmentation on satellite imagery using convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In Bhutan, they will support a district administration to provide an overview of the infrastructures, the extent of hazard prone areas and the vulnerability of infrastructures to multi-hazards that allows for informed decisions to implement mitigation and monitoring measures.

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Tarayana Microfinance Pvt Ltd (TMF) will deploy its climate risk financing solution and catalyze Bhutan’s financial institutions to make small loans for climate risk financing available to remote, vulnerable mountain communities and their members, especially women smallholder farmers and pastoralists.

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University of Salford’s THINKlab will pilot a set of cloud-based digital services using “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model for local and national government agencies in Sri Lanka to collaborate in building local community resilience. The MOBILISE 3.0 is a cloud-based risk information space that allows local councils or local disaster management committees to capture and maintain their local intelligence on exposure, vulnerability and potential hazards.

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Led by the Curtin University, a consortium of public and private partners will deploy the ADOPT (Advocating available climate-smart technologies, Demonstrating the most appropriate technology, Omitting misinformation about climate-smart technology, and Putting peer pressure for Technology adoption) model (based on Nudge Theory) to incentivize farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies in the irrigation system.

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Pro Nature Alliance will pilot their Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT), a nature-based hardware solution customized to the Pakistani context. It combines three technologies backed by climate smart practices. SAT is a combination of (i) customized raise bed maker; (ii) organic mulcher; and (iii) precision planter to support low cost, water conserving, organic farming practices in Pakistan.

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A consortium of Stonestep TFD Pvt. Ltd and Practical Action will deploy the Parametric Flood Insurance for Climate Vulnerable Agriculture in Western Nepal. The parametric index is designed using historical flood data, satellite data and socio-economic data and the insurance product generated would protect smallholder farmers against losses to agriculture resulting from severe flooding.