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iCOMMS' Projects

The iCOMMS Team is dedicated to developing context-relevant tools that will help governments and decision-makers to collect the information they require in order to deliver better services and to monitor policy implementations. Projects range in diversity from the facilitation of support for rural communities and monitoring water quality to developing open source software and mobile technologies in Africa and Asia.

The iCOMMS Team is also dedicated to helping governments, municipalities, and decision makers gather context relevant information in order to deliver better services and monitor project implementations.

The iCOMMS Team aims to develop low cost and sustainable technologies that can be used by citizens in both rural and urban areas. Using these low cost technologies assists governments in accessing better information, to make better decisions when solving community problems.
 
Drop Drop

Drop Drop is a stand-alone mobile application that runs on Android smart phones and was developed for individuals to track their water consumption. It allows users to access information on their daily water usage, predicted end-month water bill, water conservation methods, their municipal contacts, and information about the water system. The application was also evaluated during a field study in a low-income community called Makhaza. More...
 
World Bank

iCOMMS and Cowater completed a regional study to build knowledge and develop guidelines for the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and services in Africa. The study also investigated the emerging uses of ICTs across sectors in order to improve the planning, implementation, monitoring, management, and regulation of water and sanitation systems and the overall accountability framework of the sector. More...
 
Water Research Commission

This project focused on contributing to an understanding of our ability to engage rural communities as key stakeholders in water supply management and also provide scientific evidence for the use and usefulness of ICTs when engaging with rural communities in the WASH sector. This research project spoke to the WRC outcome of empowering communities by investigating if and how ICTs can provide communities with new channels for having a voice in local governance. More...
 
Aquatest

The Aquatest Project was a multi-disciplinary, international research programme seeking to develop a low-cost, sustainable water test that can be used widely in low-resource settings in developing countries. iCOMMS was tasked with the design and development of the Water Quality Reporter cell phone application for transferring recorded water quality results and other observed aspects (risk assessment, sanitary inspection forms) to a centralised database. More...
 
Biogas Monitoring

This project was a collaboration between the iCOMMS Team and research students from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT to apply WQM and WQR open source software to the remote gathering of data from operating biogas digesters. Using a mobile platform allowed for the remote monitoring of, and quick access to, daily readings from small scale urban biogas systems, especially in start-up phases. More...
 
Cell Life

Cell-Life was initiated in 2001 as a cell phone system that linked nurses and home-based carers, treating HIV+ patients, in the informal settlements of Cape Town and other rural communities. The system is based on mobile phone data capture technology developed by the OpenROSA consortium, of which Cell-Life was a founding partner. To help improve ARV dispensing, the iDart of Intelligent Dispensing of ARVs system was later developed and is still used today. More...