Mobile robots will be used to deal with disasters & emergency situations in Pakistan
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT) of Pakistan is working on the project through the National ICT Research and Development Fund. Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology is working as a principal investigator organization. MOIT is working on Intelligent Mobile Robots to deal with calamities. The cost of this on-going project is around Rs 14.68 million.
The Mobile robot will be equipped with modern sensors and communication devices having AI and computational capabilities to mitigate disaster situations like terrorism, industrial fires, floods, and earthquakes.
The Mobile robot will exhibit features like detection, extinguishing the fire and other intelligent behaviours like object detection, finding a target and collision avoidance. Moreover, the robots will also have autonomous and manual control.
They will be capable of exhibiting many features which are listed as follows:
- Object Detection
- Fire Detection
- Extinguishing the fire
- Finding a target
- Collision avoidance
- Surveillance investigation
- Rescue operation
- Map generation
The robots will be smaller in their size. This will be quite effective because it will help to extinguish the fire in tricky areas where rescue operations can’t be easily conducted. During such hazardous conditions, IMR’s can perform operations to save lives. Furthermore, these robots can be effectively utilized in adverse circumstances. In addition to that, they can perform further functions like tracking and rescue operation in harsh weathers.
The industrial sector of Pakistan is quite huge. It has multiple industrial units ranging from cement manufacturing, dying units, steel, glass, paints and many others in which heavy machinery is utilized. So, the accidents are quite frequent in such places which sometimes take lives. In order to mitigate such unfortunate events, IMR’s will be helpful.
Furthermore, these robots can be effectively utilized in adverse circumstances as well as in harsh weathers for surveillance investigation, tracking, rescue operation and map generation. Currently, small-scale IMRs are available in market but all of them have manual control which is difficult to manage and even the experienced personnel cannot guarantee a successful mission.