UTAR wins competition in New York

  • Education
  • Sunday, 06 Oct 2019

(From left) Keysight’s chief marketing officer Marie Hattar presents a mock cheque to representatives from the UTAR team, Au and Lim, at the finals in New York.

A TEAM of students from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has emerged as winners at the Keysight Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Challenge grand finals held in New York.

They were crowned champions under the Smart Water category and won a prize of US$25,000 (RM106,000) in cash and US$25,000 (RM106,000) of select Keysight Technologies test equipment.

The UTAR team, which comprised Lim Wen Qing, Yap Sheng Yao, Tan Kai Siang, Au Jin Cheng and Khor Jun Bin, outdid nearly 300 participating teams from around the world and were ranked at the top alongside leading universities like Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The group won with their project entitled IoT Detachable Waterway Monitoring Device with LoRa and Self-Sustainability.

The team was inspired to design the water monitoring system to prevent major chemical incidents such as the ones in Pasir Gudang this year.

The UTAR students presented their innovation at a live event to a panel of judges including Ariel Alexovich from the United Nations division for Sustainable Development; Martin Rowe, Senior Technical Editor at Aspencore Media, the largest media company for the electronics industry; senior representatives from Keysight Technologies and more. Their project was scored based on metrics such as sensor ingenuity, measurement quality and frequency, cost/manufacturability/durability, insight gained from data analysis and battery life.

“This outstanding achievement by the team from UTAR is testament of the high level of innovation that Malaysian talents possess, with the capability to compete among the smartest and greatest on the world’s stage.

“At Keysight, we are proud and committed to enable next-generation student innovators in Malaysia and all over the world.

“This competition is one of the many ways Keysight is inspiring them to use technology to address real-world challenges, to innovate new solutions that positively impact the world,” said Keysight vice-president of education and General Electronics Measurement Solutions vice-president and general manager Ee Huei Sin.

Alexovich said that it was inspirational to see young smart talents creating projects that contribute towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – solving some of the world’s biggest issues in public health, water, air and food sources among others.

The Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge is a design competition challenging graduate and undergraduate engineering students to conceptualise low-power sensor networks to tackle issues brought on by today’s rapid urbanisation.

The contest had two tracks: the Smart Land challenge and the Smart Water challenge. Students submitted IoT sensor network ideas via online written and video submissions from April 1 to May 15.

The competition attracted nearly 300 participating teams of which six were shortlisted for an all-expenses paid trip to New York to compete live at the grand finals.
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