Drishti Works: AI Powered First- Responders Robots

Ankit Somani, Founder
Rapid advances in technology are revolutionizing the roles of aerial, terrestrial and maritime robotic systems in disaster relief, search and rescue(SAR)and salvage operations. With varied emergency situations and dangerous conditions prevailing in the coastal areas, there is a need for an efficient relief and rescue operation enabler in place. AI systems, coupled with robotics and ML, have a better chance of responding to the situation at hand. Under such changing landscape in real world environment, based out of South Mumbai, Drishti Works, is busy introducing new dimensions to the life saving operations and unlocking the potential of Robotics and AI to save lives and augment the ability of first responders. Interestingly, Drishti Works is also redeploying its AI & robots to work with farming and waste management and other industry partners.

In an effort to augment first responders, Drishti Works is working on deploying its AI and ML powered robots for lifesaving in maritime scenarios. “Our products are deployment focused, so they are built to be production grade”, confirms Ankit Somani, Founder at Drishti Works. The company serves its clients by being ‘100 percent deployment’ focussed while working on AI platforms and neural networks.

The Gamut of Human Like Capabilities
Drishti uses well accepted neural networks and tools like TensorFlow, and YOLO, and trains the same for their own use cases, like identifying humans in the water. A lot of image classification or image /object recognition goes into this build of the product Drishti Works has produced. While having evaluated the presence of a person in water, as a next step, the team of AI experts also creates a risk analysis for each person. This enables to identify whether a particular person is in danger or not, by using ML to check current from the
surface of the water. This leads to building a risk profile for each person, which brings the question to track that person. A water body poses a stubborn obstacle of tracking the individual as a continuous feed of the person is highly difficult due to the waves. Therefore, Drishti, through some intense brainstorming, designed their product to overcome this challenge. With the help of ML, the deployed robot triangulates itself to that person to be rescued. Drishti Works strategically augments human capabilities with AI robots ensuring 10 times the results of an individual performance.

The ability to adapt and redeploy the stack has been a key differentiating factor for Drishti Works

While an end user needs a keyboard, a mouse and a screen, along with several mapping software engaging a lot of time, the same real world interaction with robot shortens the response time the prerequisite to a mission critical situation like life saving. This points towards the real world as the interface and a point & tap method of manoeuvre. Additionally, the company’s multipurpose Robo platform, AURUS, uses ML and computer vision.

Drishti Works has redeployed the same technologies to agricultural areas too. With its Autonomous Farm Management robot, the company simplifies the tasks that are tedious for a human to do. That goes to prove how Drishti’s Waste Management robot is a complete offshoot of the lifesaving drone and yet uses the same detection and tracking algorithm built for the life-saving drone.

The Readapted Redesigning
The ability to adapt and redeploy the stack has been a key differentiating factor for Drishti Works. Along with some of the most sought-after talents working with the company, it’s building a rock solid international outreach. Endeavouring towards building Robots and Supporting Intelligence AI for better life-safety robots, the company is all set to enlarge the frontline of first responder services.