Students design a successful `Roboat’ to examine water quality
Kottakkal: A tiny little '(ro)boat' entered a brimming waterbody at Poovanchina, Puthanathani silently as a bunch curious college-going scientists watched it from the shore, armed with a computer and a remote.
Meet the newest innovation in pollution detection, 'Fenboat', designed and developed by a bunch of promising youngsters from the Cochin College of Engineering and Technology, Valancherry and MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram. The new remote controlled device, unmanned and the size of a small boat has been built at a cost of Rs. 2 lakhs and can collect up to 60 water samples in a minute.
The Fenboat is also fitted with a GPS Device to track its location, has a GSM module to send SMS and is equipped with a camera to get live pictures. The most attractive feature is that the device can test the pollution level at any point in the river right on board, and doesn’t rely on a laboratory for testing the water at a future point of time, thereby saving errors that creep in due to time lag between collection and testing.
The battery-run device can test the water temperature, ph level, biological oxygen demand, chlorine and nitrogen. The team of innovators, Irfan Vakkayil, Sharundas, Sadiq Melethil, AP Shajahan, Prashyam G Nair, Shijith Chelur, E B Parthasarathy, P Abhijith, E P Anand, P Vishnubhargav, K Sharuq and Fasal Ur Rahman were guided by the Muhammed Shamnaz, Head, Mechanical Department, Cochin College and Arun George, Ocean Technology expert.
Team member Parthasarathy said that Fenboat will soon run a demonstration in Bharatapuzha river.