Updated Jun 05, 2018

SweetSense Remote Water Monitoring Platform For Improved Water Service Delivery, Accountability, and Health

SweetSense Inc. creates Internet of Things (IOT) solutions to improve the quality and value of water, sanitation, and energy services in emerging markets.

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Dexter Gauntlett

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Snapshot

Stage 5: Scaling

We have installed thousands of sensor systems globally, and are currently monitoring the groundwater supplies for over a million people in Kenya and Ethiopia, scaling to 5-million in 2018. We are part of a $35M PPP in Kenya and are NSF SBIR awardee.

Focus Areas:

Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Evidence & Impact

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Implemented In:

Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia

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3
Countries Implemented In
10
Customers
8
Employee
$1,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

The resilience of water services in the face of climate change, exacerbated by drought, is dependent upon credible and continuous indicators of reliability, used by funding agencies to incentivize performance among service providers. These service providers are often utilities providing access to clean water, safe sanitation, and reliable energy. However, in the many cases, there remains a significant gap between the intent of service providers and the impacts measured over time.

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Solution

SweetSense Inc.creates Internet of Things (IOT) solutions to improve the quality and value of water, sanitation, and energy services in emerging markets. Our groundwater monitoring solutionindicates runtime of each groundwater extraction pump. The sensors report daily over satellite or cellular networks to a central dashboard accessed by water service providers who can monitor functionality and water volume, thereby enablinggreater service and accountability.

Target Beneficiaries

SweetSense is a business-to-business company but given the variety of development stakeholders, SweetSense works closely with government, private, and NGO sectors.We help our customers improve service delivery to their customers that represent the populations <$5/PPP in rural and peri-urban areas in developing countries and are part of the billions without reliable access to clean water or sanitation.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to improve transparency, accountability, and cost-effectiveness of remote water, energy, and infrastructure projects in emerging economies to improve health and quality of life.Our vision is 1) for all communities to have reliable access to safe water regardless of how remote and 2) for global development funders to make decisions based on objective, real-time data rather than simply promises from implementers.

Innovation Description

The gap between promised water and delivered service performance represents one of the greatest opportunities for innovation. The public health and economic benefits of sustainable, universal access to water and sanitation (WASH) services are a stated goal of the UN, USAID, and national governments. To realize these goals, significant investment in water point operation, maintenance, and repairs is critical, and the use of local and remote instrumentation is a key enabling technology.

SweetSense Inc. addresses needs across a broad diversity of customer requirements in resource and power-constrained environments through the design and deployment of unified IOT hardware solutions that migrate site-specific complexity to our cloud-based analytics and machine learning platform. Our groundwater monitoring solution is designed to be universally compatible with electrically driven groundwater borehole pumps, linking runtime data over satellite networks without requiring specialized electrical or plumbing work. The data collected indicates runtime of each groundwater extraction pump. The sensors report daily over satellite or cellular networks regardless of pump runtime, thereby allowing an identification of a failed sensor differently from a non-operational pump. We have installed thousands of sensor systems globally, and are monitoring the groundwater supplies for over a million people in Kenya and Ethiopia, scaling to 5-million in 2018.

Competitive Advantage

We are a team of experienced engineers, development professionals. There are six core categories we use to compare SweetSense to the competition. The competition may have more (or less) strength within a particular success factor, but our combined solution offering is what sets us apart. No other competitor has the combination of instrumentation, dashboard, analytics, global development expertise, market traction, and range of applications as SweetSense.

There are very few companies offering remote monitoring for water applications in the rural/peri-urban water infrastructure market segment. The real limitation/challenge is the status quo approach to operations and maintenance by rural water service providers, development banks, NGOs, and aid agencies. There is not currently a requirement to monitor performance of water assets after they are installed, leading to high rates of failure. Even the SDGs for water do not explicitly call out specific “uptime” goals.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our strategy for expanding use of our innovation is to continue on our path of educating potential customers - with a focus on the incumbents that dominate the remote water service landscape: local utilities, large infrastructure development firms (AECOM, TetraTech, etc.), large NGOs that operate as water/agriculture funders (CARE, World Vision, etc.), and county government agencies that are increasingly responsible for water / infrastructure support.
Funding Goal2,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000,000
New Implemented CountriesSenegal, Tanzania
RecruitIncreased in-country business development staff and customer fulfillment team.
New Featurelow-cost satellite network functionality, blockchain enabled water service platform linking water service, payments, and governance

Milestones

Jun 2018
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations
Aug 2017
Funds RaisedPENDING
$750,000
Jun 2016
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

SweetSense-TheoryofChange2.8.18.pdf
Kenya-Rapid-Fact-Sheet-Mar-2018.pdf