Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Jodhpur), have come up with a decision framework for educational institutions called “Campus Rakshak”, which integrates various applications and tools into one to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and ensure the reopening of the premises.
IIT-Jodhpur has collaborated with IISc Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, IIIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, Algorithmic Biologics Pvt Ltd, Heath Badge Pvt Ltd and Prithvi.AI to ensure safety on campuses through this initiative.
While two prototypes of Campus Protector have been tested simultaneously at IIT Jodhpur and IIIT Hyderabad, the team is in talks to devise an affordable and flexible pricing model, product, marketing and sales strategy to reach campuses across the country.
Campus Rakshak has four components-Tapestry Pooling, Go Corona Go App, Simulator and HealthBadge. These form a single platform that recommends surveillance, forecasting and mitigation strategies for campuses against COVID-19.
“The tapestry pooling method provides separate samples for multiple pools, reducing the cost of screening to one-fourth. Based on the results of each pool, the algorithm predicts COVID-19 positive samples,” said Manas Bairagi, Chief Technical Officer, iHub Drishti said.
iHub Drishti at IIT Jodhpur is a technology innovation hub focused on Computer Vision, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
“Go Corona Go App” is a mobile app similar to Aarogya Setu, but the data is available for the administration to take the right decisions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Its primary purpose is to do contact tracing. Users will be connected to the campus server through the phone’s Bluetooth,” Bairagi said.
“The simulator will be able to predict where the COVID-19 positivity will spread in the coming days. It can be considered as an advisory system to help the administration take decisions.” He added, “‘HealthBadge’ is an information management and badging system that allows students to red, red, etc. after checking for coronavirus infection based on the adversity of the situation. Issues orange and green badges.”
“In future, campuses will be able to rely on campus protector solutions with indigenous innovations in screening and pooling strategies at an affordable cost. By using this technology, future pandemics can be controlled and public health interventions can be evaluated in the country and around the world,” Bairagi said.