Apps to sync utility on emergency
Eight students of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), University of Dhaka (DU) have developed a completely automated system that can turn off the electricity and gas supply by sensing earthquakes.
Team Orion Gladiators comprises of 2nd year students namely Swapnil Sayan Saha, Md. Shah Kamal, Mohammad Istiak Uddin, Andalib Rahman, Maeha Emannum Tithi and Partho Protim and 1st year students namely Sadman Siraj and Atick Faisal.
When asked about their project, Swapnil Sayan Saha, the team leader said "It's been already established scientifically that the most dreadful indirect disaster caused by earthquakes is fire, which is usually caused by gas seeping through impaired gas pipes or a short circuit in the electrical transmission lines, both of which are prone to damage from earthquakes,".
About the cost management, Sayan said, "Our system, which costs around Tk 4, 000, can be easily placed on the rooftops of most buildings. The system responds to earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.8 and above and immediately cuts out the electricity and gas supply of your building. Once the earthquake is over, provided no gas leak is detected by the system, electricity and gas supply will be turned on automatically. The system can illuminate the evacuation routes of the building as well,".
Istiak Uddin, another member of Team Orion Gladiators added "The system is connected to an android app via the Internet-of-Things. Our app provides the necessary tips and tricks necessary to combat earthquakes via text, graphics and videos. This app is intended to raise awareness amongst users and reduce induction of panic and carelessness.
Shah Kamal, a developer of the apps, commented on the creation, saying, "The app also contains a list of contact numbers of all police stations, hospitals, blood banks, fire service stations etc. for use during emergencies. The app is able to exchange short messages with the system and warn the user via SMS when the system detects earthquakes,".
The project has already been lauded home and abroad. The project idea, amalgamated with another project won Bangladesh the 5th position in the Techkriti Innovation Challenge, hosted by the India Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Recently, the team was declared the Champion in Interuniversity EEE Day Project Showcasing 2016, hosted by BUET. The research paper pertaining to the project was accepted in one of IEEE's conferences.
Shekh Md. Mahmudul Islam, a lecturer in the Department of EEE supervised the projects as a mentor for the developers of the project. Regarding the development, Mahmudul Islam, said "The system is beneficial and a necessity in recent times. I hope that Team Orion Gladiators would continue improving this project and cut out the costs.
Team Orion Gladiators have had won many more accolades. They started developing robotics projects since their freshman year and have won themselves accolades in more than 7 inter-university competitions. They have more than 5 published research papers.