A research group from IIT-Kharagpur, have come up with an amazing design of drone which technically has ‘Super Powers’. ‘BHIM’, the drone is inspired from mighty and muscular epic warrior, Mahabharata’s BHIMA. The drone has been designed to efficiently enter war zones and set up communication networks between civilians, soldiers and even rescue teams through “Internet of Things”.
The drone is specially invented and designed to work in emergencies and tough situations. Though just a metre long in length, the drone can provide emergency supplies like medicine, food etc for both civilians and soldiers with the help of parachutes. The drone can also create a Wi-Fi zone within 1 KM of its radius.
The drone has been specifically made lightweight so that it can perform the commands without any difficulties. The automated drone has an actual vision-based guidance with built-in intelligence that helps to identify if an area is crowded or not. Then, the drone will fly away and land in a safer place.
The drone has a battery backup of seven hours and can fly into a disaster or war zone. The real power of the drone is its ability to maintain long flight times and drop emergency supplies by using parachutes.
Sudip Mishra, faculty member of the computer science and engineering department said, “Such advanced built-in intelligence is not available in drones now. The design is completely in-house. The controlling and guiding algorithms of the drone have been developed in our lab.”
He also added, “Disaster management becomes much easier through seamless wireless communication that only the internet can provide. However, when disaster strikes and Wi-Fi facilities on the ground are destroyed, an aerial Wi-Fi broadcast can come as a boon since radio communication has limited reach.”
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