AI Robot for Sewer Inspection and Cleaning
The advancement in technology has provided solutions to many practical problems that humans encounter in day to day activities. Even today manual scavenging of the drainage is practiced in almost all places of India, wherein men enter the manholes and clean the waste materials in the drainage manually with no technical equipment. According to study, in Mumbai on an average, consistently 20 sewer laborers pass on because of mishaps and suffocation or openness to harmful gases. The proposed system is an innovative, fully autonomous, artificial intelligence based sewer inspection, blockage detection and clearance robot. Arduino Nano with sensors detects poisonous gases, the blockage and uses appropriate tools to clear the clog depending on it’s hardness. Generally, 70% of the blockages are caused due to soft clogs and the rest of the 30% are caused due to the hard clogs. The soft clogs are removed using a water jet attached to the sewer cleaning system. The system has a cutter blade controlled by hub motors for removing hard clogs. The artificial intelligence system pre-process the sewer wall images captured through a camera attached in the system, does feature extraction and uses convolution neural network classifiers to predict the severity of the damaged inner walls of the sewer and reports it to the authorities.
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