Summary Findings of the Pilot Project Internet of Things (IoT) for Climate Early Warning

Dec 14, 2012

Considering the pressing challenge of climate-related risks in Rwanda and in the region as well as the need for more accurate climate and weather data and information, Meteo Rwanda and UNDP piloted the project ‘Internet of Things (IoT) for Climate Early Warning’. The pilot project consisted of two phases. Phase One was implemented in collaboration with University of Tokyo and with seed funding from UNDP Innovation Facility. This Phase ‘IoT for Climate Change and Water Management’ focused to test a new real-time microclimate data collection methodology using IoT technology in three small-scale sites. Phase Two was implemented in collaboration with RISA and funding from Noreps as ‘IoT for Climate Early Warning and Humanitarian Response’. 



  • 12 IoT sensors were assembled, set up, and maintained to collect real-time data on soil moisture, temperature and humidity.
  • A Design-a-thon brought together 18 teams made of 66 participants to convert this real time data into usable and accessible information applications
  • Kayonza District was selected with 26% of the district land exposed to severe drought and agriculture at high risk.

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