Thrissur: Four students of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, have developed a unique drone that can detect people stranded during disasters such as floods and fires. It also won the Final Year Electrical and Electronics Project Award for Engineering Colleges in Kerala held at Thiruvananthapuram.
The drone was developed by the final year students of the electrical and electronics course, S Lakshmi, P Manal Jaleel, VP Nandhana and S Sruthy. It was developed experimentally. The drone would only cost Rs 20,000. Meanwhile, a typical drone can cost between Rs 50,000 and Rs 75,000. The drone will operate to an altitude of one kilometer and has a range of two kilometers. The drone was developed with software that could only detect humans from isolated areas and transmit information in real-time to the police and fire brigade.
The flight time of the drone is 15 minutes. The drone can be developed with a longer flight time. However, after completing their studies, all four got jobs in software companies. So, new developments and updates will be delayed. Funding for their project was provided by the International Center for Free and Open Source Software. Their project won the award from 27 participating teams.