Bhu-goal : Predicting Moods of India

Students of Chitkara University, Punjab, Kartik Vij, Rahul Kinra, Rouble Gupta and Debarshi Ghosh won the award for a Bhu-goal : Predicting Moods Of India. They carried their project work under the guidance of Dr. Nitin K. Saluja.

After working with the farmer community from the last few years, our team has seen farmers complaining God for the uncertainty of weather. When we suggest farmers to follow weather predictions available through applications, the exact words from them are “It doesn’t provide us with information about our village” means it is not precise for our village location. The uncertainty about information through weather satellite is quite high. It is difficult to afford such high technology satellites by developing country like India for the next few decades. Hence, the alternate sources should be used for precise information about the weather. The proposed product BhuGoal uses satellite TV signal distortion for precise prediction of rain at a defined location.

BhuGoal predicts the rain exactly 2 hours before it is expected with far more accuracy than the billion-dollar satellite. Satellite TV signals use Ku (nearby 10 GHz) band to communicate the channels. While it is established scientifically that the rain impact TV signals as the cloud formation happens before the rain. While the signal distortion is a function of weather condition, the distortion behaviour depends on the channel we are watching. Hence, a network of BhuGoal node will be established with the help of SRISTI to create multispectral and multiple location data. Hence, the nodes installed in different positions provide additional spatial information regarding the current position of clouds and hence it improves the prediction further.

The Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award to Kartik Vij, Rahul Kinra, Rouble Gupta and Debarshi Ghosh, Chitkara University, Punjab at the GYTI 2019 Awards function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on July 06, 2019.

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