Woodco has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver a demonstration project under the Space for Sanitation programme. Following the successful completion of af easibility study funded by ESA and supported by the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), Woodco will undertake a 3-year smart sanitation demonstration project in South Africa.
The feasibility study highlighted the public health benefits that can be realised by combining terrestrial technologies with space-based capabilities in communities where improved sanitation measures are being deployed. The integration of satellite communications, coupled with Woodco’s existing sludge treatment solution’s off-grid performance capability, supports the deployment of the overall sanitation solution even in remote locations, where there may be little or no terrestrial infrastructure.
Under the “Space for Sanitation” project, Woodco will develop a smart sanitation management platform that harnesses the latest in Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, and that incorporates space-based technologies that deliver earth observation, satellite communications, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities. The main goal of the “Space for Sanitation” project is to provide an early warning system for likely outbreaks of disease.
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