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Worried parents can now breathe easy

india Updated: Jul 11, 2010 08:32 IST
K Sandeep Kumar

Worried parents can now breathe easy.

They can turn the fancy bikes of their kids into smart machines equipped to send a distress SMS to them and the emergency medical service providers automatically, with details of the bike’s location, if the vehicle gets involved in a road mishap, all for just a few thousand rupees.

The facility has become possible, courtesy invention of an intelligent system by two young techies of Allahabad — Shailendra Singh and Chandramani Singh – who, along with their batch mates Vivek Pratap Singh of Kanpur and Mohd Zahid Rayaz Khan of Gorakhpur, have developed an economical GPS-based ‘Accident Information System’ for two-wheelers that can detect fall of the vehicle within microseconds of the accident and immediately get cracking.

“It is a simple device for which we have developed a special angular sensing disc. This disc, having two magnets, a weight and an electromagnetic sensor, costs around Rs 200 and can make the system active as soon as it detects the bike at an angle of 70-90 degrees from the ground. By connecting this special disc to a GPS we have completed the system which costs around Rs 12,000,” informed Shailendra Singh, a resident of Neem Sarai, Mundera of Allahabad.

The invention was undertaken by the four mechanical engineers as part of their final-year B Tech project while pursuing the course from Anand Engineering College, Agra, under the supervision of their faculty Col (Rtd) S Dutta.

“The basic functioning of the system is such that a simple turn on/off switch on the bike can make it functional or disable it temporarily. Therefore, if teaching a friend or a cousin to drive and expecting the bike to fall during the exercise, the rider can simply disable the system and prevent a false alarm.

The whole system becomes functional and the circuit gets completed only when the ignition is tuned on and, therefore, is completely reliable,” explained co-inventor Vivek, a resident of Kidwai Nagar, Kanpur.