Fluoride solution recognized

Fluoride mapping may get a lot easier!
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A big obstacle to solving the Fluoride problem is the lack of reliable data. Ternup Research Labs, a Bangalore based startup, is innovating to solve this problem in a very simple way – using a mobile phone.

Caddisfly, a water testing kit as a fluoride solution developed by Ternup, was recognized by the ‘mBillionth awards 2014’ as a Chairman’s special mention in the award function held in New Delhi on July 18.

We are trying to make it really simple to test water by just using a mobile phone. The idea is to make the app free and open source so that anybody can make improvements to it and develop it further

Says Samuel Rajkumar of Ternup, “We are trying to make it really simple to test water by just using a mobile phone. The idea is to make the app free and open source so that anybody can make improvements to it and develop it further”

Ternup has partnered with another network member, Akvo Foundation, to embed the Caddisfly tool within a larger tool called Akvo Flow. Akvo Flow expands on the capabilities of Caddisfly by allowing for visual, textual and numerical information to be collected.

In the case of Fluoride, the network is now trying to include images of Dental Fluorosis to be collected with Akvo Flow so that both Water quality and Disease information can be mapped together.

After a validation testing, Caddisfly will soon be released for wider use. The hope is that it will help solve the data problem and get us closer to a fluoride solution.

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