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Students of Tezpur University in Assam design an IoT based portable and cheap ventilator to fight Covid-19

Students of Tezpur University (TU) in Assam have designed an IoT (Internet of things) based portable ventilator
to fight Covid-19, which can be life saving in case of respiratory failure. Read the article for more details..

Design Portable ventilator

As shortage of ventilators have been haunting the country since breakout of the Covid crisis, the electrical engineering department
of TU has undertaken an initiative to design a portable ventilator- an essential instrument for patients who are unable to sustain the level of ventilatory necessary to maintain the gas exchange functions.

Volume control ventilation

“The purpose of the project was to design a portable mechanical ventilator by automating the operation of ‘Ambu Bag‘ with volume control ventilation which can be used in respiratory failure”, said Prof. Soumik Roy, head of the electrical engineering department at TU, who supervised the project. An “Ambu Bag” is a hand-held device commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing adequately or have been facing severe problems in breathing.

Monitoring of patient activity

He said that another important objective of the project is to implement IoT based features like monitoring of patient activity and controlling parameters of the ventilator through an app.
“The prototype designed is sufficiently economic and by using IoT as a remote controlling feature, one can control and monitor the ventilatory parameters through devices like mobile phones, tabs and computers,” said Prof. Roy, adding that it will prevent both the clinicians and the doctors from getting infected from airborne transmission.

Cost effective

The machine is cost effective and would be available at an affordable price costing between Rs 8,000-15,000, depending on the features of the machine, a TU spokesperson said.

Best Innovative Engineering Idea

The group of electrical engineering students comprising- Bihung Muchahary, Aniket Raj, Manish Kumar and Ankita Das are working in the project under the guidance of Chiranjit Adhikary, ex-guest faculty of electrical engineering department and Firdausa Ahmed, guest faculty member of the department of electrical engineering.

The initiative was part of a project, awarded as the ‘Best Innovative Engineering Idea’ under the banner of Prof. Aparna Kumar Padmapati Annual Scholarship from Assam Engineering College

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