It is necessary to have a healthy nutritious diet for the proper growth and development of children. UdyogYantra has developed an AI device for real-time child nutrition and growth tracking.
Over 149.2 million children globally are suffering from undernutrition. And many of them fall in the severely malnourished category. Malnutrition affects a child’s health and results in low body weight, prominent bones, muscular dysfunction, and altered immunity.
Despite the Central and state governments implementing the PM POSHAN programme in government schools to provide proper nutrition to children during school hours, they are given low-quality and insufficient food due to lack of proper monitoring. To overcome this problem, UdyogYantra, a deep-tech startup in Delhi, has invented and patented an IoT-AI device, named NutreGRO. It tracks the food quality and nutrition being provided to children and its impact on child growth.
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“Our NutreGro device helps the school to capture and maintain a digital nutrition report card and health record of each child. We enable 100% traceability of every meal given to the individual student. Using NutreGro device, the children with malnutrition, underweight, and growth abnormalities can be well detected in advance,” claims Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO, UdyogYantra.
NutreGro device has an Intel processor and includes 120GB SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM operating at 2400MHz, 39.6cm viewable display, wireless mouse, and keyboard. The device can accurately monitor food weighing 10gm to 10kg. It monitors a child’s height and weight with more than 90% accuracy in an environment with temperature ranging from 5°C to 40°C. It detects food temperature from -10°C to 105°C.
NutreGro facilitates real-time monitoring of mid-day meals at schools and assists in detecting malnutrition scenarios. The AI in this IoT device identifies the food contents and their nutritional value. Its AI facial recognition identifies the children and provides their weight, height, and BMI in real time.
NutreGro technology is already deployed in schools in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Haryana, where every child comes with her/his meal and the device captures the food content like hot pongal, sambar, egg, chikki, etc. NutreGro allows live inspection and audit of meal quality and quantity, and creates a nutrition report card for each child.
UdyogYantra’s current strategy is to go business-to-business (B2B) first and then gradually get to the consumer-facing deliverables. Hence, so far they have introduced products that can be implemented in schools and factories. Talking about their achievements, Ankur Jain says, “We have crossed 50 lakh (5 million) rupees in revenue within a year of launching the technology commercially. We were among the top ten IoT startups in the country at the National Startup 2020 event. Intel has also recognised us as the only market-ready solution from Asia, which is a global solution.”