Saturday, June 18, 2011

Arjun tank Technology news

When US drones or unmanned aerial vehicles navigate through various geographies of the world, they have Bangalore-based Serial Innovations to thank for helping them send live video feeds smoothly. This technology startup has developed products that helps stabilise video feeds coming from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Serial Innovations founder and CEO Arvind Lakshmikumar said they developed these systems for Europe's biggest defence company, which in turn sold them to the US Army. However, for 35-year-old Lakshmikumar, the main mission is to build visual sensing systems which sense, analyse and control complex environments for Indian defence.

"Our imaging systems are 40-50% cheaper compared to the products imported from Israel, US and Europe," said Lakshmikumar, a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University of USA. Their products include night vision goggles and smart thermal cameras. With annual revenues of around Rs 10 core, 20 employees and 15 pending patents, the firm's clients include the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Mahindra Satyam as well as the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US.

It has deployed its intelligent cameras for 'Daksh' , an unmanned robot that can scan and defuse bombs. These systems are also being fixed on India's upgraded version of Arjun tanks. "They are providing us very niche vision technologies," said DRDO scientist Alok Mukherjee, who heads the Robotics Group at Pune-based R&DE (Engineers) laboratory. Lakshmikumar's US customers said that breaking into the US defence market is tough, but the quality of their products can bring that day closer.


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