KotahiNet has been named as one of 20 finalists for the 10th Innovation World Cup® Series. It is the only finalist outside of Europe and North America. The finalists were chosen from almost 500 submissions from all over the world.
The IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® is the world-leading competition for Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearable Technology (WT) early stage companies. Finalists will showcase their innovative solutions at a pitch and award ceremony in Barcelona at the 4YFN-Mobile World Congress 2019 on 26th February 2019.
KotahiNet’s innovation is a self-contained, floating device for the continuous monitoring of river water quality with the results available immediately.
The device has first been installed in four sites on the Waikato River as it flows through the Te Arawa River Iwi rohe area. A fifth will be installed for testing in Hamilton. This initiative, named RiverSense, was part-funded by Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund administered by Te Puni Kōkiri, and in partnership with Tuia Innovation combines ‘digital kaitiakitanga’ and Māoritanga to bridge the growing gap between people and their rivers. Communities are better informed and empowered to take action to make a real difference to river pollution.