Seabex

E-monitoring and smart automation system that helps to better manage water resources used in agriculture.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

I.T.Grapes

Year founded

2011

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • For-profit

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Tunisia

Headquarters location: City

centre urbain nord, Tunis

Location(s) of impact

El kef & Tunis and soon the south of Tunisia

Website

http://www.itgrapes.com
http://www.seabex.com

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/itgrapes/?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com

Twitter URL

@seabexonline

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The history of Tunisia reveals how the scarcity of water resource forced its inhabitants to deal with its unequal distribution within the country since 130 B.C. this matter still a big issue not only in Tunisia but in the world. In fact, Irrigation worldwide uses 70% of all fresh water, 60% of this is wasted. The global economic Losses is estimated to 172 bn US$ per year.The availability of water per person by 2050 is expected to be 83% less.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Seabex, an e-monitoring and smart automation system ,It uses sensoring stations to monitor the key environmental parameters of a farm, aggregates the data and sends commands to activate/deactivate the irrigation equipment against the optimal conditions that are unique to each farm by plant by soil types with web and mobile application through which they can monitor and manage the farms remotely.
Actually Seabex may be used in green houses, in the irrigated farms, golf spaces and warehouses
we applied seabex on irrigated areas and the system help to save resources ( water, energy and fertilizers) by 30% and increase the agriculture production in term of quantity and quality by 20%.
Seabex was Primed recently in berlin during the big Forum of financial inclusion with a Global inclusion Award as a cut edge solution of the year 2017 https://goo.gl/XAcCtn
https://goo.gl/qUbaa9

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Actually Seabex may be used in green houses, in the irrigated farms, golf spaces and warehouses
we applied seabex on irrigated areas and the system help to save resources ( water, energy and fertilizers) by 30% and increase the agriculture production in term of quantity and quality by 20%
The direct impact on this Market will led to us to achieve 3 goals which are:
Make Sahara green
Bring life where there is no life especially in some region in Africa
Reduce the number of refugees in the world - (+65.3 million people) by making their level of life better.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

we invested in Seabex from our own resources during 3 years till experimenting the technology. Now we are working on partnerships with international institutions (GIZ) to help rural farmers in the system acquisition and also with national institutions ( AVFA) to vulgarize the solution. We are working also on the first round of fundraising to be able to scale to the next level

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

It's a very scalable solution with monitoring & action/reaction & a decentralized decision making

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Since 3 years we saw a local and a global need of finding solution that can help to manage water resources used in agriculture. Tunisia passed by periods of drought and stands to lose anywhere up to 80 % of all its natural water resources by 2040. The innovation for water management wasn't far from us, as Tunisian, since the history reveals how the scarcity of water resource forced us to deal with its unequal distribution within the country. Starting from the temples of water and the big aqueduct (132km) during the romain century (130.B.C) arriving to the big bassins during the Arabic Dynasty of Aghlabides to transfer and store water. So we decided to add an other phase in the history of the Tunisian water innovation management.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Henri@Nestlé

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 50%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 50%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 100%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Such ideas are existing. However, I am not sure what parameters you are sensing at what frequency and locations to regulate the water. If you make the system intelligent (using Fuzzy, ANN, or Expert system or combination) according to crop with minimum monitoring parameters and location, it would be great.

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