This could prove worthwhile in the State, considering the northeast monsoon around the corner and the experiences it has suffered in the past then.
A team from the Centre for Innovation in the institution has developed the drone, ‘Eye in the Sky’ to develop an end-to-end solution for identifying accurate and critical information on people trapped in disaster-hit places and communicate them with the relief task force, a release stated on Wednesday.
“What makes ‘Eye in the Sky’ unique is that its analytical modules are based on the latest available technology with the team creating their own databases for some of the modules. Displaced people detection and Swarm Intelligence Modules are entirely state-of-the-art and work is based on the experience of past data on disaster management,” said PR Shankar, faculty advisor to the team and Professor of Practice in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Stating that the Air Force and the Army readily respond to the needs of the affected community in all possible ways, Shankar said ‘Eye in the Sky’ can also help them to conduct an efficient aerial survey, help provide food and water supplies and other medical and safety aids to those marooned or trapped. It can also help them rebuild a collapsed communication channel and can provide navigation support, he added.
Shankar said the team plans to collaborate with hardware companies that can provide scalable drone technology to conduct the required spot surveillance of disaster-struck areas. “Large technology corporations that work with organisations like the United Nations that conduct disaster relief operations also have mutual gains from collaboration, besides NGOs that specialise in disaster relief operations are also potential collaborators”, he said.
Besides, the ‘Eye in the Sky’ can help in documenting the findings of assessments during disaster management, identify available resources and capabilities and provide the information to the disaster administration to overcome vulnerabilities and address risks, Shankar said.