UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
What is the identified problem?
India has been facing the problem of vehicular air pollution for many years, but in the recent years, it has escalated to a whole new level, so much that, India is now the third most polluted country in the world (according to news articles dated August,2013) with 6.5 million annual deaths and more than 20 million sufferers. A staggering 6.20 million deaths due to air pollution related diseases were reported last year. Lung cancer, which was mainly restricted to people who smoked, is now commonplace, thanks to the rising air pollution levels. So, we decided to tackle the menace of air pollution caused by vehicles through an orderly presentation.
Brief about Solution
GREEN’SENSE’: India, facing the problem of vehicular air pollution, is now the third most polluted country in the world with more than 6.5 million deaths every year. For a healthier commuter experience, we have devised a simple instrument,called Green’Sense’, that works on Infra-red sensing and transceiving technology to identify unwanted vehicular emissions and check them. To make the innovation more efficient and realistic, we have bifurcated the cities into two categories giving each of them an unique solution. In the first category we deal with metropolitan cities, with heavy pollution, but organized road network and availability of resources like Wi-Fi and GPS monitoring. Vehicles would be embedded with sensors which send out signals when high emission of pollutants is detected. The signals would then be amplified, and intercepted by the receivers at junctions. A frequent blinking of tail lights would indicate that the particular vehicle is polluted, enabling the authorities to identify the vehicles that are contributing to the most amount of pollution. In the second, we look at the developing cities. Here, the vehicles are installed with infrared sensors which send out signals when high emission is detected. Since GPS and Wi-Fi aren't very reliable at all places in these cities, this employs a slightly different approach where the signals are amplified and sent to the engine where the device warns the driver of the upcoming engine arrest. The warning is installed to ensure that the car doesn’t stall in the middle of the road, causing obstruction to traffic. Working-model is clearly explained in the videos of our presentation, however, our video files could not be uploaded on this site. Bringing the sensing technology to life, our innovation would ensure most vehicles run with minimum emission of pollutants, which would go a long way in not only providing better commuter experience but also providing cleaner, healthier air to the commuters as well as the pedestrians.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
Frequent travelers, pedestrians and two wheeler users face irritating times due to the pollutants emitted. Commuters have an immense advantage using this application as this device helps the commuters less prone to the fatal diseases caused due to air pollution, preventing them from inhaling hazardous pollutants. This inhalation causes both mental as well as physical stress,reducing the span of human life. Moreover, using this application will help the commuters in adhering to the traffic ethics and maintaining a meticulous civic sense. In the present time where quality and health is preferred over the time of travel, our idea ensures healthier and quality commutation experience.
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
This could be a great idea for prospective investors to get involved, because it works on a simple mechanism using simple devices, it is economical; it has wide range of implementation, it is cost-effective and most important- it works towards making a difference in the quality of today’s global village. The implementation stands pretty simple with vivid applications. The presentation would enable to addressing the issue properly.
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
This would have a great impact on the environment, because it significantly reduces the amount of pollutant emission, and would increase the life expectancy rates of people. An attempt to reduce the various issues, such as global warming, cancers, lung diseases, worsening the life on earth can be addressed. Implementation of this idea, however, does not harm the environment and it works with almost zero energy consumption.
Dates & Deadlines
25-Sep-2013 :Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 :Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 :Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 :Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 :Deadline for voting by friends
17-Oct-2013 :Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 :Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners
26-Oct-2013 :Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference