This invention will save your life, Government thanks the makers!

This invention will save your life, Government thanks the makers!
Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world’s largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins.

Posted 9 months ago in Environmental, updated 9 months ago.

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Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world’s largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins. With massive crowds descending on small cities and towns, stampedes inevitably happen, and in 2003, 39 people were killed during the festival. In 2014, the 15-year-old Nilay Kulkarni decided to put his skills as a self-taught programmer to use building a tech solution to help prevent stampedes.

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Stampedes may easily happen because a high-density crowd moves at a slow pace. Apart from Nashik, this event happens in three other places in India, with varying frequency, and between 2001 and 2014, over 2,400 lives have been lost in stampedes at these events. What saddened the most is seeing people resigning to the city’s fate in witnessing the seemingly inevitable deaths of dozens at every Kumbh Mela.

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An idea was considered of building a system that would help regulate the flow of people and use it in next Kumbh Mela in 2015, to have fewer stampedes and, hopefully, fewer deaths.

 

Ashioto, meaning “footsteps” in Japanese, was the first technology made to prevent stampedes. As it consists of a portable mat which has pressure sensors which can count the number of people walking on it, and sends the data over the internet to the advanced data analysis software created.

Now the data is sent to the server in real time, and the heat map is plotted, taking into account all the active devices on the ground. The authorities could be alerted if the crowd movement slowed down or if the crowd density moved beyond a desired threshold. This is how a sensor with only 10 millimeters thickness was designed to save the lives of thousands of people.

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Five of these mats were installed at the Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015, and counted over half a million people in 18 hours, ensuring that the data was available in real time at various checkpoints, ensuring a safe slow of people.

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This technology not only succeed in reducing the stampedes and their intensity but marked 2015 as the first Nashik Kumbh Mela to have zero stampedes. It was the first time in history that this event passed without any casualties. Having succeeded at Kumbh the design was used at many different places as well. The design of the system makes it adaptable to pretty much any event that involves an organized gathering of people. And the main purpose of this was to prevent loss of life and ensure a safe flow of people, because every human soul is precious, whether at concerts or sporting events.


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