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IT Student Won Third Place in the Tenth Annual University of Technology and Applied Sciences Graduation Project Competition (UTAS GPC-2022)

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The Tenth Annual Graduation Project Competition 2022 (UTAS GPC-2022) participated by all UTAS branches was conducted online on the 26th of May 2022 at the UTAS – Sohar campus.

The Graduation Projects Competition (GPC) started in the year 2012. This competition is intended to showcase the projects developed by Information Technology students from all UTAS branches in the academic year 2021-2022. This competition is conducted to motivate the students for doing excellent projects and to select the best three projects from all UTAS and honor them.

Participants submitted a detailed report and recorded video of the graduation project. After verification, the project will be selected for the final competition which includes a live demonstration followed by the viva done by experts from different universities.

Among the 23 projects that competed all over UTAS branches, the project entitled “IoT based Smart Irrigation System with Solar-Powered Wireless Sensor Nodes” developed by Mr. Said Mahad AL-Maashani, a Bachelor student in Networking specialization of the IT department received the Third Prize. This project is under the supervision of Mr. Sunil Thomas Karickom, IT lecturer.

The project is a remotely managed automatic system intended to control the water flow for the plants and trees on the farm according to the soil moisture. This system can switch on a fountain or sprinkler as per the temperature conditions of the farm. The entire working of the system is with solar energy so can be installed in remote places where the electric lines are not available. This system can be monitored and controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using the internet. The highlight of this system is that it uses solar-powered wireless sensor nodes which are developed after conducting a lot of research with the traditional systems. These sensors are used to detect the moisture level in the farm, so it can be installed anywhere on the farm without the hassles of wiring and can be repositioned according to the requirement.

The said project is on the process of patent application.


The IT Department and the entire UTAS-Salalah community extend warm congratulations to the winner and project supervisor for this great achievement which bought honor to UTAS-Salalah.

Additional Info

  • Academic Year: AY 2021-2022
  • Semester: 3rd Semester
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