The United Nations has a goal of providing clean drinking water to everyone on the globe by 2030 and eWATERpay could be the technology to help accomplish that goal. eWATERpay gives residents of rural and urban communities in developing countries access to sustainable, clean drinking water.
Figure 1: eWATERpay was recognized as a finalist in the NFC Innovation Award Program in the category “NFC For Good”. As shown above, eWATERpay’s simple platform allows for users to easily gain access to clean drinking water. (Image courtesy: eWATERpay)
eWATERpay uses a three-step sustainability method to ensure that clean water becomes accessible. By utilizing NFC micro-payment cards, there’s a sustainable revenue collection from users tapping to pay. The revenue is used to create a sustainable maintenance method that keeps the water dispensers up-to-date and ensures longevity. As a result, sustainable, clean water is provided to developing countries where maintenance and upkeep has previously been an issue.
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eWATERpay has a secure form of technology which creates a straightforward and simple experience for the user by incorporating NFC technology. NFC helps to provide a reliable and consistent experience that users can rely on every time they use eWATERpay which helps to provide a solution to an ongoing problem in developing countries.
Figure 2: As shown above, an NFC-enabled sticker on the back of a smartphone makes paying for water easy and secure. (Image courtesy: eWATERpay)
“NFC provided a globally-available, standards-based choice of 13.56MHz-based technologies ensuring a future-proof roadmap for our product. The NFC family encompassed a wide range of memory and security features allowing the appropriate choice for our application. The NFC transponder ICs are widely supported by RFID tag and inlay manufacturers allowing straightforward integration into our custom-designed tag. The availability and longevity of reader chipsets from NXP Semiconductors and others with datasheets and application note support was essential. The availability of reader software libraries allowed the product design and development to progress without issue,” said Helen Hygate, Marketing Manager, eWATERpay.