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From Sanitisation To Surveillance IIT Kharagpur’s Alumni Develops Devices To Fight COVID-19

In a bid to fight against coronavirus, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur alumni have developed a technology that can sanitise large areas more effectively

From Sanitisation To Surveillance IIT Kharagpur's Alumni Develops Devices To Fight COVID-19
Highlights
  • IIT-Kharagpur alumini's innovations to help fight COVID-19
  • One device uses ionised water instead of alchohol to sanitise cities
  • Second innovation uses government resources to answer queries on COVID-19

Kolkata: Two start-ups by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) alumni have developed technologies to offer assistance towards surveillance, sanitisation and dissemination of official information related to novel coronavirus. In one such initiative, alumnus Debayan Saha has collaboratively developed Air lens Minus Corona, a device which may help sanitise large areas. Mr. Saha said, the device can be of great help to sanitise and disinfect a large area where many people may gather. Mr. Saha said,

Alcohols (like ethanol or IPA) are known to de-activate viruses by making their protein coating inactive. But the alcohol-based hand sanitiser is useful for individuals or for sanitising surfaces on a smaller scale (home, offices). However, it is insufficient in such an emergency as it is impractical to use alcohol for sanitising cities.

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The device is designed to look like a ‘Robo Sapien'(human-like) machine that operates on the mechanism of charged water droplets which are ionised “using corona discharge”. The ionised water in turn oxidises the viral protein reducing it to a non-harmful molecule, he explained. In another initiative, alumnus Souva Majumder has made a device where people can record their queries on the platformdengueboat.in, which are answered by an AI application.

There can be queries regarding the lifestyle to follow beyond social distancing and hygiene guidelines, and his Voice bot has integrated information provided by the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, and ‘My Gov’ platform to answer any such queries, Mr. Majumder said. To a question, an IIT Kharagpur spokesperson said,

We don’t endorse or validate the alumni start-up claims, we only ask if alumni, faculty or student of IIT Kharagpur are working in some areas, they can share their story onmedia@iitkgp.ac.in status which we carry in our in house web bulletin with a disclaimer.

Varadarajan Seshamani, president, IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation said, any effort in the application of technology for combatting the spread of coronavirus is a big step. “Every such step is laudable,” he said. The developments can have a significant impact in the fight against COVID-19, he said. He added,

These young innovators have shown their mettle by coming up with amazing, inventive and cost-effective ideas in just a few weeks.

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World

26,27,61,966Cases
22,35,18,265Active
3,40,28,506Recovered
52,15,195Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,27,61,966 and 52,15,195 have died; 22,35,18,265 are active cases and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,45,96,776 8,954Cases
99,0231,520Active
3,40,28,506 10,207Recovered
4,69,247 267Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,96,776 confirmed cases including 4,69,247 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,023 and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,35,658 678

11,226 299

64,83,435 942

1,40,997 35

Kerala

51,41,814 4,723

44,314 824

50,57,368 5,370

40,132 177

Karnataka

29,96,148 291

6,445 462

29,51,492 745

38,211 8

Tamil Nadu

27,26,917 720

8,244 47

26,82,192 758

36,481 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,909 184

2,149 47

20,56,318 134

14,442 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,399 12

89 3

16,87,399 8

22,911 1

West Bengal

16,16,083 705

7,731 2

15,88,866 694

19,486 13

Delhi

14,40,934 34

287 2

14,15,549 32

25,098

Odisha

10,49,108 228

2,188 23

10,38,509 203

8,411 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,813 34

318 0

9,92,902 34

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,785 15

193 6

9,45,637 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,475 40

275 13

8,17,108 27

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,170 20

119 7

7,82,523 27

10,528

Haryana

7,71,709 17

163 2

7,61,492 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,223 4

36 3

7,16,524 7

9,663

Telangana

6,75,994 196

3,591 10

6,68,411 184

3,992 2

Assam

6,16,852 144

2,625 30

6,08,124 109

6,103 5

Punjab

6,03,279 21

325 4

5,86,352 22

16,602 3

Jharkhand

3,49,244 12

98 3

3,44,006 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,255 28

141 9

3,36,706 19

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,852 171

1,625 1

3,30,751 172

4,476

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,195 102

834 10

2,22,513 91

3,848 1

Goa

1,78,928 38

284 8

1,75,260 30

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,175 365

3,751 54

1,30,927 415

497 4

Puducherry

1,28,924 31

284 12

1,26,768 43

1,872

Manipur

1,25,205 36

649 6

1,22,579 40

1,977 2

Tripura

84,805 14

81 3

83,900 10

824 1

Meghalaya

84,480 19

294 9

82,713 9

1,473 1

Chandigarh

65,465 9

65 7

64,580 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,276 3

35 0

54,961 3

280

Sikkim

32,242 9

124 3

31,715 6

403

Nagaland

32,122 13

133 7

31,293 20

696

Ladakh

21,578 38

276 26

21,088 12

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 0

10,319

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683

6 2

7,548 2

129

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