Disputes over Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly crossing over into Sri Lankan waters may soon be handled effectively, thanks to a ‘Maritime Border Indicator (MBI)', conceptualised by two final-year students of St. Joseph's College of Engineering.
Once the MBI is installed on a fishing boat, it uses global positioning satellites to triangulate the position of the vessel.
The international coastal border is programmed into a microcontroller that forms part of the device. As the boat enters the danger zone (within 0.5 km of the border), the device generates a beep sound so that the fishermen can retreat.“When the boat reaches the border, the fuel cut-off mechanism will become operative and stops the engine of the motor boat, so that the maritime border is not crossed,” said Princy Perpetua, who collaborated with fellow-student Nelson Naveen on the project.
“Once the engine gets deactivated, the crew can press an emergency button that will allow them to retreat. It can be used only once within the danger zone,” said Nelson.
The duo studied the methods that were in place to notify fisherman of the international border, but found these to be inadequate. “A few years ago, the government had provided fishermen with a sensor that could be dropped into water in times of crisis, so the signal can be picked up by the ground station,” said Princy, “but these did help the fishermen out at sea.”
“We have applied for a patent for this project. As of now, we have developed only a prototype and we need the government's help,” said Nelson. “The important thing is that the device will cost only between Rs.2,000 and Rs.2,500 and can be installed within the boat itself,” said Princy, highlighting that the battery is sourced directly from the boat's engine or through solar panels. The project was presented at the 29th Annual International Technical Festival Apogee 2011 at BITS Pilani in March this year.
Are they from Tamil Nadu? If yes, then kudos to them for not acting like their politicians and trying to find a real solution to the problem.
freehit Monday, 13 June 2011 04:59 PM
Good news for the fishermen, but not for the politicians.
Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 13 June 2011 01:51 PM
Excellent thinking! It is a pity that the politicians on both sides who earn fat salaries and enjoy all luxuries on public account can never come up with some brilliant solutions.
shihan Monday, 13 June 2011 09:57 AM
Superb. Excellent. What can our students? They are only good at pasting posters, protesting and doing things which are good for nothing. I am Sri Lankan, and I would say this is an excellent job. Shouldn't we learn by these examples?
spark Monday, 13 June 2011 09:54 AM
We are also a population of buffaloes who like to elect fellow buffaloes to be our leaders.
the undertaker Monday, 13 June 2011 09:44 AM
HOPE GOVERMENT WILL PROVIDE THESE DEVICES TO POOR FISHERFOLKS FREE OF COST -OUT OF UNWANTEDEXPENDITURE LIKE-VICTORY DAY/LUXURY VEHICLES FOR MPS/TOO MANY SECURITY FOR MPS ETC...ETC....ETC............
Abdul Monday, 13 June 2011 07:33 AM
Finally a solution from students, good work, well done
samosa Monday, 13 June 2011 05:54 AM
Konde Bendapuchhena Monday, 13 June 2011 07:02 AM
Good for both countries
Bubar Monday, 13 June 2011 06:53 AM
Wow Excellent!! I don't think Sri Lankan university students even dream such a device other then protests and fights
Dias Monday, 13 June 2011 06:51 AM
WOW look at this students they are from india our fellors are good in pasting posters for no future shame,
Kivulegedara Monday, 13 June 2011 06:53 AM
Great!. Must implement them soon. Both Indian & Sri Lankan governments should support this exercise. Also provide this gadget to Sri Lankan fishermen as well.
INDI Monday, 13 June 2011 06:40 AM
Great !!! State Government of Tamil Nadu and Government of Sri Lanka should sponsor this kind of projects.
suresh Monday, 13 June 2011 06:33 AM
good work done by the students for two nation's peace...
Javi Monday, 13 June 2011 06:33 AM
SL and India politicians disappointed by this innovation
tissa Monday, 13 June 2011 06:27 AM
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