JAMMU, June 23: Students of Model Institute of Engineering & Technology have developed a drone based system capable of detecting live humans buried under debris or otherwise remotely.
Rishabh Magotra, final year student of Electronics and Communication Engineering, along with his team members, Avinash Kumar Mehra and Manu Kanathia, have developed this prototype ground controlled robotic drone that can maneuver through the affected area to detect the people who get buried under the debris whilst disasters like earthquake by sensing the spectrum of infrared frequency range emitted by live humans corresponding to the average live human body temperature.
Image processing solutions have been already in existence for such purposes, whereby optical cameras on-board, the drone capture and process images for the detection purpose. Such solutions, however, fail when detection is required to be made over several layers of rubble as in case of earthquakes. The limiting factor to the proposed system is the thickness of the debris over which the detection is required. The current prototype model detects up to six inches of non-uniform debris.
A wide scope of Research and Development exists for the cause and the students would thus continue their research work to develop real-time practically viable sensors and detectors to implement systems that are able to detect through several meters of debris, by looking forward to various other technologies which can be employed for detection rather than simply sensing and processing the IR. Such possibilities include the recently developed RF Capture technique and Wi-Vi technology.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simran Deep Singh motivated the students for their creditable work and recommended to present the initiative to NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and other organizations dealing with the disaster relief activities.
The whole project was designed and developed by the students in the workshop and laboratories at MIET.