- Sudeshna guha ray, Rachana bharati, Shivangi saraswat, Anushka bharti, Trishala saxena
Forests are the source of our life. They provide a lot of natural resources that are pivotal to our well being. But there are times when people get inside these woods willingly or unwillingly, they become trapped inside these woods and can’t communicate with the outside world for help. Every year some 2000 people get lost in the woods. So here, there is a need of a mapping device that will not use internet and yet will navigate a person to take the right path out of the woods.
People gets inside the woods for various reasons. Willingly to explore the forest , wild life photography & to collect natural resources . Non willingly when there is some crash landing for aircraft inside the forest or when some ship gets capsized and people gets stuck in some island or so. In such cases people don’t have access to internet or don’t have access to satellite signals . In such cases we need a navigation system that will navigate without using internet or satellite signals, and the person can get out of that place safely and soundly.
Q. How does it feel to get stuck in forest?
A. The experience is always terrifying because as you get stuck in forest all the connectivity to the outside world disappears, only thing you have is your presence of mind.
Q. What was the reason behind your stuck in forest?
A. My dad and I were travelling, unfortunately we missed the correct path which was supposed to be taken and we were lost in that dark area. We neither had map and compass. After hours of walk (as our vehicle too went off) we got the main road which was connected to the main city.
Q. what if we create a device which could help to find the lost you in woods?
A. This will reduce the rescue team physical labour and time if they can access the exact location of the person. This will be for surely helpful.
Some search and rescue(SAR) team facts:
- The avg. daily cost to operate a full scale SAR operation is $32000.
- In roughly 3% of SAR search missions, the subjects were never found (alive or dead).
- On an avg. men account for more than 50% of the people needing search and rescue aid.
- Length of the avg. search for a lost hiker is approx. 10 hours.
- 1 out of 100000 visitors to national park needs help.
These are the facts given by SAR which clearly shows that some technology/device is needed that could find a lost person quickier than the time taken by the rescue team.
Every year some 2000 people all over the globe are lost in forest and can’t find a way out. So we have decided to help the people stuck in forest with the help of a drone. All they have to do is to carry a portable drone in their backpacks. As they get lost in the forest they have to pair their drones with there smartphones and have to launch it under some clear sky. The drone will fly high and will click numerous images of that place . After this it will predict a way out of the woods by image processing .Not only that, it will also tell the person about the sources of water and food nearby and will navigate to such places as well. We will be able to control the path of the drone with the smart phone so that remote places can also be explored. Surely we are going to make an app that will enable easy communication between the drone and smartphone.
This type of system will be first time made and we are expecting this will surely help people stuck up in forests. This system will help to us explore places where people can’t reach easily. We are going to get some more clear and precise images of the place so that new inventions can be made by explores and geologists.