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 Rs14.68 million.
Intelligent Mobile Robots Can Ultimately Save Lives
The intelligent mobile robots will be equipped with modern sensors. They will carry communication devices having AI and computational capabilities. So, they will be able to mitigate disaster situations like industrial fires, floods, and earthquakes. The robots will 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.
According to this project, the IMRs will be built in-house. It will also be available for local industries, hospitals, and offices where they will act as a workforce in the respective departments. Currently, small-scale IMRs are available in the market but all of them have manual control. The success of this mission can’t be guaranteed until the control becomes totally automatic. So, MoIT is working to make further improvements to the AI system.