By Dan-Maryam Zayamu
In an effort to stem the security challenges in the country and also expose the hiding places of criminal elements, the founder of Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), an indigenous AI firm based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr. Olusola Ayoola, has developed a Carbon Emission Tracker (CET) Drone for aerial surveillance in detecting hideouts of criminals in the country.
In an interview with journalists, Ayoola revealed that criminals hiding in caves and forested areas cannot escape the innovative capability of drone surveillance offered by the Carbon Emission Tracker Drone (CETD).
According to him, the CEDT also utilizes the geo-spatial intelligence technology capable of scanning the entire expanse of forests, game reserves and other uninhabited spaces thereby making it difficult for criminals to escape detection.
“We discovered the Carbon Emission Detection Based Aerial Surveillance which allows for a drone to sniff out hideouts through the carbon their activities emit. As long as human life exists in a forested location, there must be carbon emission, be it under a cave, under a canopy or inside a bunker.
“This novel solution comes with a barrage of many other possibilities and insight into how we can bring back security to our dear Nation and other nations in Africa. We cannot overemphasize the role of geospatial intelligence. So, wherever government cannot be physically present, the government’s intelligence must always be.
“With this new technology, we can quickly scan the entirety of our forests and games reserves to generate a real map of which spots of these hitherto assumed uninhabited forests have suddenly spiked up in human activities.
“If this is an indication of a criminal enclave rapidly developing across the country, then it helps us nip the growth in the bud before it becomes another combative force,’’ he disclosed.
While appealing for assistance to enable him expand the research, he said: “I will need the federal government to weigh in on the capability of RAIN, I mean Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria.
“We need to expand physically, financially and technically. We do not have all the resources which our counterparts in the USA and China have.
“If the government decide to fund RAIN directly, Nigeria can overtake many countries in these areas. Sometimes all you need is willing followership, for good leaders to thrive. At RAIN we have the best crop of youths who have dedicated themselves and their talents to finding solutions to National problems.”
By Dan-Maryam Zayamu