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Calling in smarter canal management

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Peter-Jules van Overloop, an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology, interviewed by James Clarke

Peter-Jules van Overloop displaying his mobile phone app for canal management Peter-Jules van Overloop displaying his mobile phone app for canal management

 

 

 

Running complex canal systems has proved immensely challenging for water managers in many resource poor countries. From Pakistan to Egypt, under-performance of major irrigation networks has become endemic. But now a Dutch technologist thinks he may be able to help solve the problem using a simple smart phone application. Peter-Jules van Overloop found that that sophisticated monitoring mechanisms he had installed on canal systems were constantly breaking down, yet wherever he was, his mobile phone almost always worked. This led him to develop a new approach that could revolutionise canal water management…

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