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Technology developed: NIRCHHARI Ultrasonic based smart water level sensor (TP19767818551)
Category: Product(Hardware/Material/Software)
Details of Inventor(s):
Inventor Institution/Organization/Company Department Designation
Technical Application Area: Other
If 'Other', please specify:
Please give more details of new technical application area:
Efficient planning and management of water resources such as dams, water reservoirs, lakes, rivers, irrigation canal etc are of prime importance for a city or state as these are the main water sources available for industries, live stocks, irrigation etc. Efficient management of these resources are also required during the unforeseen natural calamities such as floods, drought etc. The water levels in these water bodies need to be periodically measured and analyzed for effective planning and management of this critical resource. Non contact ultrasonic based level sensors are the most popular sensors used all over the world for water level sensing applications. The level sensors used for measuring the levels of these water resources should be able to operate under extreme weather conditions and hence should be robust, reliable and environment friendly. Although several ultrasonic sensors are available in the market for water level sensing, not many are available which operates reliably in extreme environmental conditions. Most of the ultrasonic sensors available for this purpose are imported from proprietary sources and hence their cost is exorbitantly high. A fully indigenous, innovative ultrasonic water level sensor module, NIRCHHARI which can be used for a wide variety of level sensing applications.
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Pune
Affiliated Ministry: MeitY, Govt. of India
Type of technology development: Indigenous
Does the technology help in replacing any import items currently
procured from outside India?
Does the technology have export potential? Yes
Category of Technology developed: Immediate Deployment
Stage of Development: Field Test
Please describe in detail including the TRL Level:
NIRCHHARI is an ultrasonic level sensor solution for the real time remote level monitoring of dams, canals, rivers, lakes, water reservoirs etc. NIRCHHARI measures the level information at periodic intervals and sends the information as SMS or GPRS messages through the inbuilt GSM interface. The module is IP68 compatible and is made up of PVC or POM material suitable for use in chemically corrosive and extreme environments. Protomodel of NIRCHHARI has been deployed in Dam sites and is operational . The TRL level of the product is 7


Applications: Dam level monitoring Water reservoir level monitoring Overhead tank level monitoring River flood monitoring Canal Monitoring etc
Advantages: Unique Selling Propositions (USP) of NIRCHHARI • Low cost compared to existing products • Low Power compared to existing products • Small size and weight • Easy installation • Patented technology • Real time level monitoring • Remote Sensor configuration via SMS Android application for sensor configuration Communication over GSM interwork SMS.GPRS messages IP68 Compatible PVC/POM material for enclosure suitable for chemically aggressive environments Lithium Ion battery 3.7V Nom compatible

    Technology Inputs:

Imported Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
2 G SIM Module 2018-19
Indigenous Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
PCBs, Mechanical Enclosure, Acoustic Lens etc 2018-19
Imported Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
Transducer, Electronic components ICs, Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Connect 2018-19
Indigenous Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
ABS, Wires, Solder,PCB material 2018-19
Existing R&D Facilities used:
Facilities Year ITC-HS Code
pilot production facilities of cdac 2018-19
model shop facility of cdac 2018-19

    R&D Investment:

R&D investment (Rs. in Lakhs):                    
Indian Source (Rs.) Foreign Source (Rs.) Year
35 0 2018-19

   Patents & Publications:

Filed Patents (No.) Granted Patents (No.) Year
0 0 NA
Submitted (No.) Published (No.) Year
0 0 NA

    Commercialization Potential:

Who are the Potential Licensees? Disaster Management Authorities Dam Safety Authorities IMD Central Water Commission State Water Authorities Smart City Authorities etc
What commercially available products address
the same problem?
Company Product Problem Addressed
SolidAT, Israel Gauger GSM Smart Water Level Sensing
Would you like to develop this invention further with
corporate research support?
Would you be interested in participating in cluster based
programs for commercialization research or business
planning for your invention?
      Submitted by: Rajasree S Date of Submission: 5-8-2020

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