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Smart epidemic tunnel: IoT-based sensor-fusion assistive technology for COVID-19 disinfection

Sharnil Pandya (Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, Pune, India)
Anirban Sur (Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, Pune, India)
Ketan Kotecha (Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, Pune, India)

International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Article publication date: 31 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the presented IoT based sensor-fusion assistive technology for COVID-19 disinfection termed as “Smart epidemic tunnel” is to protect an individual using an automatic sanitizer spray system equipped with a sanitizer sensing unit based on individual using an automatic sanitizer spray system equipped with a sanitizer sensing unit based on human motion detection.

Design/methodology/approach

The presented research work discusses a smart epidemic tunnel that can assist an individual in immediate disinfection from COVID-19 infections. The authors have presented a sensor-fusion-based automatic sanitizer tunnel that detects a human using an ultrasonic sensor from the height of 1.5 feet and disinfects him/her using the spread of a sanitizer spray. The presented smart tunnel operates using a solar cell during the day time and switched to a solar power-bank power mode during night timings using a light-dependent register sensing unit.

Findings

The investigation results validate the performance evaluation of the presented smart epidemic tunnel mechanism. The presented smart tunnel can prevent or disinfect an outsider who is entering a particular building or a premise from COVID-19 infection possibilities. Furthermore, it has also been observed that the presented sensor-fusion-based mechanism can disinfect a person in a time of span of just 10 s. The presented smart epidemic tunnel is embedded with an intelligent sanitizer sensing unit which stores the essential information in a cloud platform such as Google Fire-base. Thus, the proposed system favours society by saving time and helps in lowering the spread of coronavirus. It also provides daily, weekly and monthly reports of the counts of individuals, along with in-out timestamps and power usage reports.

Practical implications

The presented system has been designed and developed after the lock-down period to disinfect an individual from the possibility of COVID-19 infections.

Social implications

The presented smart epidemic tunnel reduced the possibility by disinfecting an outside individual/COVID-19 suspect from spreading the COVID-19 infections in a particular building or a premise.

Originality/value

The presented system is an original work done by all the authors which have been installed at the Symbiosis Institute of Technology premise and have undergone rigorous experimentation and testing by the authors and end-users.

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Acknowledgements

The authors want to acknowledge the Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence and Symbiosis Institute of Technology for all the funding support for the presented research work.

Citation

Pandya, S., Sur, A. and Kotecha, K. (2020), "Smart epidemic tunnel: IoT-based sensor-fusion assistive technology for COVID-19 disinfection", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPCC-07-2020-0091

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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