Coimbatore, Nov 18:
Six students from IT department of Sri Krishna College of Technology (SKCT), Kovaipudur, Coimbatore brought honour to the institution in winning Hackathon event held in Odisha. The team bagged Rs 1 lakh cash prize and a certificate from the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
It may be noted that Odisha Chief Minister launched the 36-hour Smart Odisha Hackathon and the idea behind the Hackathon is to encourage the students of State to identify innovative and disruptive IT solutions for public service delivery and governance as also to encourage innovation and creativity among them. Besides helping them identify start-ups and nurture the local entrepreneurs. The problem areas of this Hackathon covered public utility fields like education, skill and entrepreneurship, ecology & environment, urban issues, healthcare, agriculture, disaster management and industry oriented issues.
The team BLITZKRIEG comprised students–Mallika , G.Jeffrindh, B.S.Divya , E.Karthikeyan ,C.Dinesh, G.Divyadharahini ,third year BTech IT and guided by Dr.T.Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, IT Department from Sri Krishna College of Technology, Kovaipudur, Coimbatore.
Around 4,038 students from various colleges and universities across the country participated in the event. A total of 84 teams from 12 States were a part of it. The project proposals were submitted in various domains such as agriculture, ecology and environment, education, health, house and urban, industry, skill and entrepreneurship.
The team submitted an idea under the domain of house and urban which was based on detecting the cracks on railways tracks using IOT technology to avoid accidents. Indian Railways cover 1,21,407kms of track. The vast network of railways is inspected by the last line of defence, the gangmen. The gangmen carries 14kg equipment and walk at least 8 kilometers of track to check for cracks.
There are possibilities to overlook some mistakes that are not rectified. As per statistics, it is known that more than 86% of train accidents are caused due to human error.The team came out with a solution to the burning problem wherein they built an automated battery operated cart with the following objectives of identifying rail fractures, obstacles on the railway track, round-the-clock surveillance system and improve urban areas for the betterment of society.
And the team implemented the above by designing the device BLITZKART. The BLITZKART has two levels of testing. This small battery operated 4 wheeled cart is made to run on the tracks which will have ultrasonic sensors attached in front of the two wheels. These ultrasonic sensors send high frequency sound waves through the transmitter and these waves get reflected back to the receiver on hitting the tracks. This value is taken as distance and is compared with the threshold value which is already preset. If the value differs, then a crack is detected.
Once the crack is detected, the cart stops and stores the GPS location, and few other parameters are stored in the cloud database.
Once the BLITZKART stops, the camera is triggered and snaps a picture of the crack. This image is then stored and downloaded by the server. The severity of the crack can be detected from the image and exact latitude and longitude is sent to the concerned authority. Hence, the product resolves the issue in an efficient manner.
The seniors of SKCT inspired the students to take part in hackathons as they have won many. The team has been working on this project for the past one year.
They took upon this project for the safety of the passengers who commute in trains daily and also as this will extensively help the Indian Railways. The socioeconomic impact of this project, on implementation will be extensive. The teammates came upon this idea after visiting and surveying stations in Coimbatore and interviewing many railway officials.
Noteworthy to mention that the students of IT department already won thrice national level honor in various hackathons held across India. The team was appreciated and honored by chairperson and Managing Trustee S. Malarvizhi, Dr. K .Sundararaman, CEO, Dr.M.Lakshmi, Principal and Dr.R.Kanmani , HoD.