In a competition run by Cisco, an IoT-enabled system that can be used for transporting dairy products secured the top prize. The Global Problem Solver Challenge is a competition held by Cisco as a part of its CSR initiatives. The winners of the event are paid cash awards for solving the world’s biggest challenges. The competition is in its fourth year, and the event awards $100,000 to the winner and $75,000 to the runner-up. There are other prizes too where the company gives out almost $25,000 prizes to four participants, and $10,000 prizes to seven participants. The whole attempt by Cisco is not a marketing strategy to sell more technology. Moreover, there is no compulsion for the participants to use only Cisco products. Almost 524 teams participated in this event, and 80 teams out of the group made it to the judging panel.
Twenty teams were shortlisted, and winners were selected among them. The event’s winner was Savanna Circuit tech from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. The product presented by the company was the MaziwaPlus Prechiller. It is a chilling transit system powered by solar energy, and it also has an inventory management component that is specifically designed for the dairy business. The device makes use of the PH sensors to monitor imbalances, and to ensure the quality of the milk; the auto-rejection system is also enabled.