Coronavirus: IIT Guwahati students develop drone to sanitize large areas

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Anupama Mehra
Assistant Manager – Content
Updated on Mar 30, 2020 13:08 IST

Student at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has developed a drone with an automated sprayer to spray disinfectants and to sanitize larger areas. The drone can sanitize 60 hectares in a day, as per the reports.  

To prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, a group of students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has developed a drone that will automatically spray disinfectants, to sanitize large areas.  

The group, which also runs a startup company, RACEFLY, has approached the Assam government to join the cause of eradicating coronavirus pandemic with their drone sprayer system.

This drone will help in sanitizing the large areas, by just one operator sitting and monitoring, eliminating the need for more cleaners who use manual spraying disinfectant. This will help in following social distancing guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to fight COVID-19. Also, these drones can record videos as well.

The drones developed by IIT Guwahati students can spray disinfectants over large areas like parks, roads, highways, and foot-paths with a high degree of efficiency. Through Google maps the roads and areas that need to be disinfected can be selected. Once it is done. the drone can be automated to sanitize that particular area within a signal range of 3 km. A drone can cover more than 1.2 hectares in one flight and more than 60 hectares in a day.

The students also claimed that the drone can be used to spray disinfectants over vehicles on highways when things start to normal again. It can also be used by police for making the announcement regarding the same through it.

The drone can be controlled using a mobile app and it is crash proof. The drone is equipped to adjust itself to terrain height and avoid obstacles.

It can spray 2 to 4 litre per minute and can be filled twice for one change. This drone will take 15 minutes to sanitize an area which otherwise takes 1.5 days for a person to do it manually.

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