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Amazon River basin project enters new phase

Amazon River basin project enters new phase

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Promoted by the University of the State of Amazonas, the DCP Yara Project aims to monitor and record the water quality indicators of the Amazon River basin in real-time.

Diebold Nixdorf, a world leader in boosting and connecting commerce for the banking and retail industries, has announced news regarding the Yara Project, a Data Collection Platform (DCP) developed by the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA in Portuguese) to monitor the water quality in the Amazon River basin.

Using probes and electronic sensors installed in the Parintins region, the program now allows real-time monitoring of river water quality indicators, revealing data such as pH index, temperature, conductivity, turbidity and concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water.

Marcelo Pagnam, Director, Diebold Nixdorf, said: “It is very gratifying to see the DCP Yara Project consolidating itself each day as a way to monitor and protect the quality of the water of the Amazon River. The project is evolving, overcoming the many challenges that a survey of this size always reserves.

“All over the world, we have a great work of social and environmental responsibility, it is a great pride being able to contribute to an initiative to protect the Amazon.”

Held with the support of Diebold Nixdorf by UEA researchers and students on the Parintins and Manaus campuses, the Yara data collection platform has the principal mission to reduce the time and costs involved in the monitoring and analysis of the water of the Amazon River basin.

Carlossandro Albuquerque, one of those responsible for creating the project, said: “We want to make the follow-up of the main quality indicators more agile and reliable. However, due to the different characteristics in each region, this sample collection always demands a great effort. Our program seeks to reduce these challenges by allowing the automated collection of information about water.”

In addition to Albuquerque, the initiative has the participation of professors Ieda Batista, José Camilo Ramos de Souza, Fábio Cardoso, Rafael Jovito, Raimundo Cláudio, Manoel Rendeiro and André Printes.

According to Albuquerque, to solve these challenges, the DCP Yara project has been working to build hardware, firmware and software specially adapted to the local conditions and demands, allowing the implementation of a set of mini stations for data collection along the Amazon River.

“We developed probes and sensors, for example, that need to be able to resist debris, vegetation, clay and even attacks by animals in the region. We reached many answers in this first year, and today, we have already started collecting data in the port of Parintins,” said Albuquerque.

He also reinforced that the choice of the region is a strategic decision since the city is at the beginning of the central belt of the Amazon River basin.

In addition to hardware and firmware, the DCP Yara project has developed specific software for data transmission, storage and analysis.

“We have to ensure that the records made are sent automatically and reliably to all our laboratories in Manaus and Parintins, as well as to other public and private institutions that may be interested and can help in the management and preservation of Amazon,” said Albuquerque.

As a result, the Yara data collection platform will allow the construction of a historical series with values for comparisons and verifications necessary for the beginning of the complete mapping of the water and the Amazon region itself.

Diebold Nixdorf has a long history with the ESG agenda, in addition to its solid presence in the Amazon region, including its factory in Manaus with more than 18,000 square meters and about 350 employees. The unit has water treatment and waste management, in addition to ISO 14000 certification, which refers to environmental management.

“Today, more than 80% of the material we use in the production of our equipment is recycled,” said Pagnam, recalling that the local initiatives of the company are not limited to the environmental aspect.

“Our goal is to help preserve the environment and contribute to its development, well-being and sustainable growth. It makes us happy and motivates us to support initiatives such as the Yara Project more closely.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in developing connected commerce. The company automates, digitizes and transforms the way people shop and bank. As a partner to some of the 100 leading financial institutions and 25 largest retailers in the world, the integrated solutions of Diebold Nixdorf connect the physical and digital channels in a convenient, secure and efficient way for millions of consumers every day. The company is active in more than 100 countries, with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide.

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