June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
23.623.1 - 23.623.19
From Idea to Impact: A Case Study for Sustainable InnovationAbstract This paper describes an on-going experience of working on an intelligent water-conservation project at ________ University. It is unique in the sense that the working settingsare different from an ordinary research and development project, and the intellectual propertyagreement is different from a standard university one. We have been working with a privateinvestor and entrepreneur who came with the original idea. He has been very involved in theproject with some business, humanitarian and environmental goals in mind in addition toacademic interest. We discuss different aspects of the project as it progressed from inception to commercialpromise, intellectual property, technical ups and downs, teaming and communication issues,problem solving, overlapping between academic and non-academic interests, potential benefits,and lessons learned. The paper discusses innovative, entrepreneurial, and practical componentsof the project. The project is about a new intelligent residential and commercial water sprinkling systemthat uses readily available internet-based weather information. Most current water sprinklingsystems are pre-programmed (mechanically or otherwise) by the end users. They take intoaccount neither past and present local weather conditions, nor weather patterns and predictions.This leads to waste of water, in particular during rainy seasons. Simple calculations show that inmany regions in the US, the use of internet-based information could save more than 30% of freshwater. The new system regularly extracts past and predicted rain fall data, from multiple websources, along with other weather conditions such as humidity and temperature. This is inaddition to local weather stations. This information, along with customer location, soilinformation, grass data, mandatory water restrictions dates and hours, date, etc., is fed into analgorithm that determines whether or not to turn on the sprinkling system. The decision iscommunicated to the client location via the internet and there, via local wireless communicationmethod, to the local water sprinkler unit. The process is estimated to be meaningfully moreefficient and less expensive than existing technologies that use on-site sensory data. It isenvironmentally friendly, simple to operate and maintain and can be constructed using low-cost“off-the-shelf” components.
Raviv, D., & Kotlarchyk, A. (2013, June), From Idea to Impact: A Case Study for Sustainable Innovation Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19637
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