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BETTER DATA


Means Better Outcomes

 

PotaVida’s Smart Solar Purifier provides a turnkey solution that integrates data-driven program evaluation with cost effective household water purification.

BETTER DATA


Means Better Outcomes

 

PotaVida’s Smart Solar Purifier provides a turnkey solution that integrates data-driven program evaluation with cost effective household water purification.

 

Track outcomes, not outputs

As little as 5% of water purifiers distributed in acute emergencies are used correctly. This is a poor outcome for the recipients, and a troubling statistic for funders. The problem persists because there is little data on usage, and the data that exists is unreliable and costly to collect.

PotaVida presents a revolutionary new concept: accurate data from every device in the field. The Smart Solar Purifier automatically collects its own usage data, which can be easily transmitted to a cell phone and then to a cloud-based database.

 
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Smart Solar Purifier (old)


Smart Solar Purifier (old)



PotaVida's Smart Solar Purifier consists of a 10 liter hydration bag with an electronic dosage indicator that shows when the water is safe to drink and records usage data. Our technology uses the process of solar disinfection (SODIS) to reduce the cost of water treatment and eliminate the need for replacing filters and chemicals. Each batch of water is ready in about 5 hours in sunny conditions, or up to 2 days during the rainy season. Our product has a shelf life of 5 years and design lifetime of 1 year, making it an ideal disaster relief supply. To use, simply fill the bag with water, place it in the sun, push a button, and wait for the indicator's green LED to show that the water is safe.

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Smart Solar Purifier (defunct 6/1/17)


Smart Solar Purifier (defunct 6/1/17)



PotaVida's Smart Solar Purifier comprises a 10 liter hydration bag with a UV dosage indicator that shows when the water has been disinfected by sunlight. By using solar disinfection (SODIS), a well-known and reliable process, we eliminate the need for replacing filters and chemicals or providing external power. Each batch of water is ready in about 5 hours in sunny conditions, or up to 2 days of intermittent sun. The Smart Solar Purifier's shelf life is 5 years and it's designed to last for a year of use, making it an ideal disaster relief supply. To use, simply fill the bag with water, place it in the sun, push the Start button, and wait for the indicator's green LED to show that the water is safe.

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Usage Data Collection

Best of all, the Smart Solar Purifier records its own usage, which can be downloaded directly to a smartphone by field staff in a few seconds. The captured data are GPS-tagged and stored on the phone until they can be uploaded to our servers for analysis. Our mobile app also displays a usage report on the spot, showing how the purifier has been used over its entire lifetime as well as since the last visit, and even information about a disinfection cycle in progress. 

With this powerful diagnostic information, field staff can have informed and productive conversations with users, strategically focusing on helping users with challenges while encouraging those who are already getting it right.

We believe that tools like this, to provide real-time behavioral feedback, are crucial for tackling the behavior change challenge of getting a population to adopt new health practices. To make sure field staff can get the most from our mobile app, we offer local language translations.

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SEE WHAT's WORKING


And identify opportunities to improve

SEE WHAT's WORKING


And identify opportunities to improve

You can't improve what you don't measure.

In emergency contexts you need fast answers to hard questions: How many people need access to safe water? How many liters are purified, by whom, where, and when?

We give you the data. You can see uptake, total water disinfected, and even the locations of the purifiers in near-real time. This data allows you to identify:
• Correct and incorrect operation of each unit
• Effectiveness of different training protocols
• Total water treated per distribution, or per unit
• GPS locations of distributions, or of units