Nigerian Engineer Develops Drone to Detect Terrorists’ Hideouts
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A Nigerian Robotic Engineer, Dr. Olusola Ayoola has developed a Carbon Emission Tracker (CET) Drone for aerial surveillance in detecting hideouts of criminals within caves and forest areas.
Dr. Ayoola, a graduate of University of Ibadan is the founder of Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN) based in Ibadan,Nigeria.
He in an interview with TechDigest.ng revealed that the innovative capability of drone surveillance offered by the Carbon Emission Tracker Drone is one criminal elements hiding in caves and forested areas cannot escape.
Speaking on the Carbon Emission Tracker Drone (CETD), Dr. Ayoola said “it beats several challenges faced in the concept of drone surveillance” stating that the CETD is equipped to succeed in an area in which military-grade-drones fall short.
He explained that the CETD utilizes the geo-spatial intelligence technology capable of scanning entire expanse of forests, game reserves and other uninhabited spaces thereby making it difficult for criminals to escape detection.
“We discovered the Carbon Emission Detection Based Aerial Surveillance which allows a drone to sniff out hideouts through the carbon their activities emit. As long as human life exists in a forested location, there must be carbon emission, be it under a cave, under a canopy or inside a bunker.”
“This novel solution comes with a barrage of many other possibilities and insights into how we can bring back security to our dear nation and other countries in Africa. We cannot overemphasize the role of geospatial intelligence. I have always maintained that wherever government cannot be physically present, the government’s intelligence must always be.
“We have huge game reserves all scattered across the nation. Even Sambisa forest used to be one. With this new technology, we can quickly scan the entirety of our game reserves to generate a real map of which spots of these hitherto assumed uninhabited forests have suddenly spiked up in human activities.
“If this is an indication of a criminal enclave rapidly developing across the country, then it helps us nip the growth in the bud before it becomes another combative force.
Appealing for support from the federal government, he stated that with right funding, Nigeria will overtake many countries technologically.
“I will need the federal government to weigh in on the capability of RAIN, I mean Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria. We need to expand physically, financially and technically. We do not have all the resources which our counterparts in the USA and China have. If the government decides to fund RAIN I do not see how Nigeria won’t overtake many countries.
He also mentioned other technological inventions by RAIN.
“We have invented solutions for the management of the energy sector. We have developed a modular traffic light system, that meaning that for the first time in our country, we can have traffic lights for road users that are manageable and can work. We have invented artificial vision for the blind. We have also developed for personal security, a wireless perimeter fencing for private homes and for soldiers at the war front to save them from ambush. These are to mention a few of what RAIN brings to the table” he said.