Updated May 24, 2019

Smart SOS Streetlight - Enhancing Rural Women Safety using Renewable Energy

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Akshay Satish

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We designed and deployed smart streetlights with SOS alarm function powered using renewable energy. When someone pushes the SOS Button, it alerts the locality by alarm and also informs the nearby police station with GPS Location through message

Our system consists of a 50W solar panel, Charge Controller, 20Ah Lithium-ion battery and a Raspberry Pi with GSM and GPS Module. Energy from the solar panels charges the battery bank. The charge controller is used to regulate the charging current and protect the battery. The system is designed in such a way that it could withstand up to 3 days with no charging. The streetlights are controlled ...
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Our system consists of a 50W solar panel, Charge Controller, 20Ah Lithium-ion battery and a Raspberry Pi with GSM and GPS Module. Energy from the solar panels charges the battery bank. The charge controller is used to regulate the charging current and protect the battery. The system is designed in such a way that it could withstand up to 3 days with no charging. The streetlights are controlled with a sensor that lights up only at night and when a person is passing by. The Raspberry Pi in the system is the main controller. it has internet connectivity using the GSM-based GPRS card. A push button is provided which when pressed, looks up the online telephone directory for a police inspector (lady inspector is preferred) in the nearby police station immediately sends an SMS to them.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

We have deployed 15 smart streetlights in a rural village at Kerala, India. These streetlights help women and kids in the villages to move around their area safely at nights. We are looking to deploy this system in other rural villages.
Registered in Indiain India

Focus Areas:

Energy, Education, Road Safety and 2 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

India

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120
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
1,000
Customers
10
Employees

Problem

More than 20,000 rural villages in India are unelectrified. This is mainly due to the economic conditions in the village. Due to the lack of lights in the village, women and kids are forced to stay indoors after sunset. They can not go to the market, temple, etc. This problem is directly affecting the literacy rates of the country. kids are not allowed to go to tuition centres, and at times not to school since they have to travel to cities for higher studies.

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Solution

We propose an affordable solution by installing renewable energy based streetlights that could generate electricity at day time, store it to a battery and this energy is used during night time for lighting the streets. We also added an SOS functionality where in case of any illegal movement, women could reach to the cops by a push of a button. They can also alert the locality by triggering an alarm. This way it could enhance the safety of kids and women who are travelling at night

Target Beneficiaries

Women and kids are the main beneficiaries of this system.

Mission and Vision

The system was designed to empower women to move out of the village and travel to the cities to bring a change in their life. In a small way, the system will help them to travel with peace of mind without worrying about any of their problems in the society. Parents can peacefully stay at home when their kid is late from tuition.

Competitive Advantage

Most of the system installed is either powered through the grid supply. This system will fail when the grid power is cut off. Our system is powered through solar power which is available throughout the day. Our system used high efficient and reliable LED Bulbs so that the life of the complete system is more than 25 years.

Planned Goals and Milestones

The system will be optimised based on the village. optimisation such as the power of the light, battery capacity and solar panel size will be reworked in minimal time. the improved system will be deployed at villages that are economically backward.
Funding Goal100,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000
New Implemented CountriesEthiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, India, Egypt, Sri Lanka
Recruit25 volunteers
New FeatureSystem will be optimised as per the village environment and requirements

The Team Behind the Innovation

The team consists of mainly girl student volunteers who spent a few weeks at the village to understand the problem and develop a system based on the village specific requirements

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jul 2018
Lives Impacted
120
Jun 2018
New Country Implemented In
India
Jun 2018
New Product Or Service
Completed installation of 10 Steetlights