Ericsson and Grundfos have deployed their Grundfos AQtap, a water ATM that dispenses water and supports sustainable water management in Kenya in selected water kiosks in Makueni county to increase access to safe drinking water and increase the dealers revenues.
The solution links mobile wallet providers and water service providers, to simplify access for the end consumer and uses the Ericsson M-Commerce Interconnect that provides a global payments hub for mobile payment services.
According to Peter Todbjerg Hansen, Managing Director of Grundfos Lifelink: “This is a perfect example of two global corporations integrating their technologies to offer a complete water ATM solution previously unknown to the world. It is now possible to pay for water with mobile money, and water revenue collection is safe and automated.”
The solution is being implemented by World Vision UK and World Vision Kenya and is expected to play an important part in securing reliable access to drinking water, as water supply points have been known to fail due to lack of funds, and capacity for operations and maintenance. Furthermore transparency and control of water price are critical to sustainable and pro-poor water supply services.
Though it’s pilot started in Kenya, the scope of the collaboration is global, with a initial focus on developing countries, where water service providers constantly strive to improve the efficiency and financial viability of water projects for better access to financing of water infrastructure maintenance and expansion.
The AQtap water ATM is a product of Grundfos while the interconnected mobile money platform for revenue collection is powered by Ericsson. The two firm aim to reduce the cost and deployment times of these innovative ATMs that will deliver a more reliable water supply by taking cash out of the equation and removing the need for water service providers to integrate with every mobile wallet provider in any country.
”With Ericsson M-Commerce Interconnect, any mobile wallet service from any service provider in any region can be used to provide payment,” said Peter Heuman, Head of M-Commerce at Ericsson . ”Enabling access to water will support social and financial inclusion, and enable the sustainable development of local communities, potentially impacting millions of people. This is what we mean by Technology for Good.”