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What is the humanitarian need?

Access to clean water is a human right, and in many refugee camps worldwide this is a scarce recourse. Ensuring this resource is delivered to those that need it the most is a difficult challenge, unfortunately sometimes politically charged or subject to corruption. BRCK is developing a solution to ensure water delivery data is available to key decision makers, able to ensure water is delivered where is its needed most.

What is the innovative solution?

BRCK has been developing PicoBRCK over the last 2 years as a low cost, reliable IoT/M2M sensor gateway. Its designed to operate in remote and difficult environments, utilising edge caching and long distance RF communication.

What are the expected outcomes?

As a primary outcome, we expect to produce a map of sensor locations showing real water flow and real water quality (free of chlorine). This map will inform agencies about the delivery of water, with an expected outcome of faster response rates, and higher availability of water amongst receipts. Secondarily, there is also some indication of water being diverted away from core activities and this real-time system will ensure required water is delivered.

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Using BRCK Internet of Things technology in Dadaab

16 Nov 2017

It’s 6:30AM and the team are at Wilson Airport on our way to Dadaab; one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Their aim is to help them monitor the millions of litres of water that they pump daily.


PicoBRCK for WASH – UNHCR, Dadaab Refugee Complex

11 Jul 2018

The mission, as we had chosen to accept: To pilot the PicoBRCK for the UNHCR WASH project at one borehole location.


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