The 2015 ARM Student Design Contest India finale took place on 26th March 2016 at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore, with twenty five teams presenting their working prototype around the theme of Smart Transport Systems. These twenty five teams qualified for the finals from over a 100 teams that were present at the preliminary rounds at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in September 2015. Started in 2014 by the ARM University Program (AUP) in India, the 2015 edition of the contest in a sense provided energy and thought to the local Make-in-India and the Start-up-India initiatives to promote innovation and productivity.
Of the hundred and sixty seven proposals received online, the preliminary round at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras saw a hundred and fifteen selected teams vying for the top twenty five positions to be able to make it to the finals. The jury panel consisted of a blend of academicians and industry experts (from OEMs, as well as manufacturers in the automotive space such as TVS Motor Company). The proposals were broadly classified into four categories, namely, traffic management, infrastructure, safety and emissions, and general categories. The preliminary round ended with the twenty five top teams being handed an ARM Cortex-M0+ based NXP / Freescale FRDM KL25Z based car kit each, so that they could develop a working prototype for demonstration at the finals. Each team was guided by a faculty mentor and participated in regular review meetings with the organizers (ACCS) and industry experts.
The ARM Cortex-M0+ powered Freescale Car Kit
The first prize carrying a cash award of 100K INR went to a team from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamirpur (adopter of AUP's education kit) for a Priority-based Traffic Management System. Using Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on vehicles and RFID readers at traffic signals, the system provides a seamless path to emergency services when an emergency service vehicle (tag) comes in the zone of an RFID reader. Additional features include theft and traffic-violation detection mechanisms that could potentially alert law and order agencies closest to a vehicle under observation.
The second prize with a cash award of 50K INR also went to a team from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamirpur for designing a Smart Honking System. To tackle the ever-growing problem of unnecessary honking, the team developed an inter-vehicular communication system using RFID. With the RFID, when there is a need for honking, only vehicles within a specific pre-defined range are alerted with a request signal. The system features additional visual support for hearing impaired drivers, in-car infotainment controls that turn down sound volume, enabling a driver to be alerted to an incoming signal requesting path clearance for an emergency service vehicle.
The prototype of a child-alert system in parked vehicles put together by the team from Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Yelahanka (adopter of AUP's education kit), won the third prize carrying a cash award of 25K INR. The child-safety mechanism essentially monitors temperature and oxygen levels inside the passenger cabin of a parked car with a child/pet left inside. As a first level of security, the system alerts the driver of the car initially allowing enough time for the driver to return to the vehicle before anything untoward happens to the child/pet in the car. In case the driver does not respond to the initial system alert, then the system alerts emergency services to the rescue of the child/pet.
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