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A Group of Kerala Students Has Devised a ‘Roboat’ for Onsite Pollution Checks in Rivers

Assembled under a budget of ₹2 lakh, the boat has a built-in GPS Device for location tracking and is also equipped with a GSM module that can send SMSes.

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A ‘Roboat’ for pollution testing?

A group of engineering students in Kerala has designed and developed a boat that can test the pollution level in rivers, without having the further need of heading to a laboratory.

Fenboat, a tiny boat devised by the students of Cochin College of Engineering and Technology, Valancherry, and MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram, is a remote-controlled unmanned innovation that can collect around 60 water samples in a minute.

Assembled under a budget of 2 lakh, the boat has a built-in GPS Device for location tracking.

For representative purposes. Source: Wikimedia.

It is also equipped with a GSM module that can send SMSes, and a camera for taking live photographs.

One standout feature of Fenboat is its ability to instantly test pollution levels in the river while it is on-board, thus eliminating the reliance on laboratories and time-lag based errors that often crop up between collection of samples and subsequent testing.

The battery-run boat can also provide details like water temperature, pH level, biological oxygen, chlorine and nitrogen demand through its testing.


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Guided by Muhammed Shamnaz, who is the HOD of Mechanical Department, Cochin College and Arun George, an Ocean Technology expert, the team of innovators behind Fenboat includes Irfan Vakkayil, Sharundas, Sadiq Melethil, AP Shajahan, Prashyam G Nair, Shijith Chelur, E B Parthasarathy, P Abhijith, E P Anand, P Vishnubhargav, K Sharuq and Fasal Ur Rahman.

Starting with a test run on Poovanchina lake in Puthanathani, the boat will soon run a demonstration in Bharatapuzha river, as told to Mathrubhumi by Parthasarathy, one of the team members.

Featured image inset courtesy: Mathrubhumi

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.