VNIT Team Battlefield Eagles is the winner of Smart India Hackathon 2020 Hardware Edition for the problem statement ‘Soldier Strap’ posted by DRDO under Defence Category.


VNIT Team Battlefield Eagles is the winner of Smart India Hackathon 2020 Hardware Edition for the problem statement ‘Soldier Strap’ posted by DRDO under Defence Category. Smart India Hackathon is Asia’s largest open innovation platform organized by AICTE in association with Innovation Cell of MHRD, Government of India.

The problem statement was to design a wearable device for soldiers for military application. The team designed a wearable strap that can monitor the health, location, and activity of a soldier in real-time. In the prototype of this design, we used health monitoring sensors – Heart rate sensor, Blood Pressure Sensor, and Body Temperature Sensor to track the vital health parameters of the soldier. A GPS module interfaced with a microcontroller provided location updates of the soldier. Such a system can increase situational awareness during military operations and help in planning a better strategy. This also helps to identify the location of injured soldiers and provide them with immediate medical assistance thereby reducing the chances of casualties.

The team comprised of Hrishikesh Ugale (Team Leader), Valluri Saketh, Shubham Chauhan, and Vinay Kumar – Final Year Students from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering; and Ambika Thakur and Diksha Bagade – Second-year students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering respectively. SIH 2020 Hardware Edition was held completely online in 4 stages and Results of the finale were declared in Feb 2021 and the team was declared as joint winners along with one other team. The prize consists of a cash reward of 50k and registration to the Yukti portal of the Government of India to take the solution forward as a commercial product. The team was selected in internal rounds by the selection committee of Prof Abhay Gandhi and Dr. Pradyumna Chaturvedi. Single Point of Contact for the Smart India Hackathon was Dr Ravindra Keskar and overall guidance to SIH efforts of VNIT was provided by Dr Sunil Bhat of Innovation Council at VNIT. VNIT Director Prof P.M. Padole has congratulated the team on their success.