New device to detect LPG gas leaks

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He was also named the Social Innovator of the year by the 112-year old technology publication 'Technology Review' from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in its India edition. Technology Review India in its forthcoming issue said, "The team at (Gautam's) Roboticwares had initially developed a leakage sensor with a buzzer alarm. Then they realised that a buzzer alarm is of no use in an empty house."

The alarm was then improvised into an SMS-based feedback system which was connected to the sensor to detect gas leakage and immediately send SMS alerts to the phone numbers registered in the system, the journal added.

Costing between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000, the device comes in two varities - one for industrial use and the other for domestic. The industry-optimised Suraksha is said to be capable of sustaining extreme temperature conditions — from a range of minus 70 degrees centigrade to plus 70 degrees centigrade as well as large voltage fluctuations.
Roboticwares is now looking for a government subsidy to reduce the price for the common man.
Gautam said he and his co-innovator Kushal Nahata were inspired to do something to prevent gas leak accidents ever since he read about one such in Bhubaneswar in which a few people lost their lives.

"The incident reminded us of a similar but bigger accident that occurred near Kushal's parents' house in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, a few years back," he said.

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