Aiming to build a future laced with autonomy and human-machine co-existence, Grene Robotics started with new combinations of nature-inspired Tech in 2008.
“In nature, everything is autonomous, right? But is it true for most of the tech we are surrounded by? Inspired by nature, we are trying to solve this autonomy puzzle,” claims MVN Sai, Director, Emerging Technologies, Grene Robotics.
Grene Robotics was set up in 2008 with the belief that life would become a lot easier if technology could learn ‘on the fly.’ This belief stemmed from the realisation that Kiran
Penumacha (the founder) had while working on autonomous systems during his university days, that the efficiency of the operator dictates the efficiency of the system.
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Why not build a system that’s inspired by nature, that is, learns by itself? A system that’s not restricted by the capability of its operator, but is truly autonomous.
“Let’s take the collaborations of building a beehive, for example, or a set of ants going in a particular direction seeking food. There’s lots of communication and lots of shared intelligence between all the elements. But, if a vehicle knows that there is a pothole, the information is not shared with the next vehicle,” explains Sai, when asked to explain the problem they are trying to solve.
As a step to solve this problem, the team has developed GreneOS, an IoE (Internet of Everything) platform to automate processes for organisations and integrate their systems. Typical projects start with interfacing of sensors, collection of data, followed by setting up the autonomic processes. And, then within 15 to 45 days, GR team demonstrates the minimum viable product (MVP) to the customer, claims Sai. Over time, GreneOS has been equipped with robotic process automation (RPA), bots, and AI, which help the system to take decisions like a human being.
An example of what’s possible with GreneOS is the Indrajaal, which claims to be an indigenous autonomous anti-drone system that can protect a large area (up to 2000 sq km per system) against such threats as drones, UAVs, and missiles. The claim to fame is that Indrajaal can protect a large area against multiple threats because of its autonomy.