The Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI), part of India’s CSIR has been working on the development of a multi modal drowsiness detection system. Called Vehicle and Driver Monitoring System (VDMS), the system is of immense value to long distance drivers that will understand when the driver is starting to lose concentration. Using sensors on the steering wheel, sensors on the seat and elsewhere, and multiple cameras, VDMS is capable of understanding when a driver is nearing fatigue. Once this happens, VDMS will warn both the driver and others who manage the vehicle.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced algorithm drive the cameras that watch the facial expressions of the driver as well movement of the eyelids. Sensors on the steering wheel read the heartbeat of the driver constantly. Other sensors measure other parameters including door open/close, etc. Using all this data, the scientists have evolved a powerful logic that can predict when the driver is losing concentration and has reached levels of fatigue that are dangerous for him to be driving anymore.
CEERI and Sosaley worked together to integrate VDMS with Sosaley’s IoT system and take the data to the cloud for alerts and other accident prevention action. Data from the VDMS/IoT combination was displayed on a real-time monitor on a driver simulator. In addition to IoT integration, Sosaley also integrated it’s heavy vehicles Battery Management System, a GPS, and a door open/close status into VDMS.
On 29th November, 2019, Dr. Madan Kumar Lakshmanan, Senior Scientist, CSIR-CEERI demonstrated the combined system on a simulator at the 5th Edition – Conference on Automotive Electronics with the theme “Advances in Automotive Electronics” at Hotel Feathers, Chennai, India. In addition, Dr. Bala Pasela, Principal Scientist at CSIR-CEERI Chennai, gave a technical presentation on the VDMS system to an audience consisting of more than 300 senior management executives from diverse industries all over India and abroad as well as representatives from the Government of Tamilnadu, and the Government of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Madan Kumar Lakshmanan said, ‘I am happy to inform you that we have successfully integrated the CEERI multimodal drowsiness detection with your (Soslaey’s) IoT board. The system consists of an ECG module developed by Satish & the drowsiness detection system based on behavioral measures developed by Sanjay. The data is relayed to the Cloud Service developed by Sosaley.’
Appreciating the work by his team, Dr. Muthukaruppan Gnanadesigan, Head of Sosaley’s Healthcare team said, ‘We have successfully integrated our hardware and cloud with the hardware of CSIR-CEERI (a reputed Govt R&D institute) and have created a wonderful product in a record time.’
Both CEERI and Sosaley will continue working on this co-operative research to bring VDMS to the market as soon as possible. Sosaley sees a huge potential from the product in saving time, saving lives, and reducing wastage as well as accidents on highways.