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Workshop on application of technology in fire fighting held

Panjim: The Fire and Security Association of India, Goa chapter, conducted a full-day workshop on the topics “Internet of Things and Infrared Thermography”.

The resource people for the first topic were Kishan Ananthram and Vinay Hedge, CEO and vice president, respectively of Ionidea, Bangalore. For the latter session the resource people were Dr Lalat Indu Giri and Nitin Naik, VSN Technologies. The chief guest for the day was DGP Dr Muktesh Chandar, and the guest of honour was Ashok Menon, Director of Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services Government of Goa.

Dr Vinayak N Shet, Principal of GEC, Dr Ganesh Hegde Faculty Coordinator and Prem Nadan Secretary of FSAI Goa Chapter were also present.

The workshop marked the launching of the IoT-based product named ‘Guardon’. This product is solely launched keeping in mind the security of every individual which is the motto of Surakshit Bharat movement initiated to take action against molestation, burglary and health problems encountered by the aged population.

The Guardon is a product which connects to the mobile phone via Bluetooth. During emergency when the victim presses the button on the product it sends signal to the victim’s mobile phone which sends an alert signal along with their location to other nearby devices which has the ‘Guardon’ application installed on their phone. This was explicitly explained and demonstrated by Kishan Ananthram.

Explaining the usefulness of the product, Dr Muktesh Chandar said, “Since this product sends alert to a group of people, they can come forward as a united team for helping the victim which is quite difficult for an individual to do.” He also took time to show the importance of adopting safety rules on the streets, in case of fire and also how to be safe against cyber crime.

Vinay Hedge gave inputs on how virtual reality can be created using an example of smart cricket in which there is Micro Electro Mechanical Sensor installed on the bat and the field is generated on the screen. With the help of the sensor equipped bat the match can be played as good as a real one.

Followed by the IoT session there was a demonstration on the use of fire extinguishers. The Fire Department of Goa held a demo and showed the correct extinguisher for the correct fire type.

Dr Lalat Indu Giri conducted the Infrared Thermography session and explained what thermal Imaging is, its significance and the vivid application Thermal imaging finds in day to day life.

Followed by this, Nitin Naik also explained the types of infrared cameras available and the working principle behind the cameras and also the role of IoT in analysing the thermograms. At the end all of us could understand the message that was conveyed to us by through the workshop. [H]

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