COVIDITY AND THE ZEN MASTER’S ART

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COVIDITY AND THE ZEN MASTER’S ART

COVID-19, the ‘Trojan Horse’ this season and perhaps the tipping point of the 21st Century, has altered human existence, forever. By definition then, the pandemic is “Disruptive” and would require the injunction from “Disruptive Technology” providers to mitigate the hydra-headed monster. Spewing its venom from one to many and many to many through contact, there are many theories abound on its propagation and vectors; the antidote, of course, being a while away.

For those of us, who’ve savoured Robert M. Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, will recall the instant connect with the current apocalypse, when the author succinctly examines the manner in which life was being lived (earlier than the current pandemic) to when meditation helped reflect on how it could be lived better (in the currency of the ongoing uncertainty). The author lucidly paints societal insanity and its deep connects to technology. When the current pandemic stymies aspirations, traps humanity and stifles lives, the spirit soars. The human spirit can never be stifled, and has the cunning of bouncing right back to ground zero, tempering its approach to facilitate onward societal progression. This positivity in the 21st Century has been exacerbated by technology.

Technology providers have “Thrown down the gauntlet”, and have come out with a string of defensive and proactive measures, some individualistic, whilst others to suit organizational approach to combat the pandemic. This ranges from Tracking, Co-ordination and Communication to maintaining ‘Social Distancing’ norms and mete symptomatic treatments. Thermal technology for heat sync appears the favourite solution yet, though applications that profile the pandemic are on the rise offering the dispensation with instruments of regulation and control. These, however, come with their attendant share of scrutiny and privacy concerns. There are, nevertheless, novel products being leveraged at the altar of Deep Technology companies operating in the 3D Sensor Space.

CRON Technologies Private Limited is an Indian Deep Technology Startup, with Zen-like expertise in ‘Perception and Spatial Vision’. CRON has recently tied up with the global LiDAR giant ‘Quanergy’, to operate seamlessly in the 3D sensor space to generate a ‘PERCEPTION’ that is standardized and scalable. CRON’s adeptness at smart fusion of 2 and 3D sensors with Thermal Cameras using their proprietary ‘EDGE’ processors (the Zen master’s art) to run their software inference engine is well acknowledged in India. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) that has the metadata trained on Convoluted Neural Networks (CNN), reducing errors and biases at identifying target population with accuracy and consistency is their Art.

The data is processed through their proprietary Platform, ‘senseEDGE’, using ‘INNOVACE’, an integrated Command, Control and Communications (C3) suit, which harnesses the power of AI and ML to Detect, Track and Classify objects in real time.

The data is processed through their proprietary Platform, ‘senseEDGE’, using ‘INNOVACE’, an integrated Command, Control and Communications (C3) suit, which harnesses the power of AI and ML to Detect, Track and Classify objects in real time. When juxtaposed in vast spaces where large population movement is envisaged, the application conjures high success rate by assisting the administration in profiling. CRON’s enterprise product covers an area of approximately 50 square meters.

As per the WHO Emergencies Director, Dr Mike Ryan Leo Tolstoy, “We don’t need to defeat COVID-19, but make peace with it”. If ‘flattening the curve’, is the narrative that WHO is espousing, then the CRON-QUANERGY matrimony is holier than what a typical business alliance portends for combatting the pandemic. Quanergy, a world leader in LiDAR technology, with its patented M8 LiDAR sensor that comes with 8 detection layers and wide Field of View (FoV), has been designed amongst other utilities, for Crowd Management. Each sensor covers a detection area of 200 meters in 360 degrees horizontal and 20 degrees vertical angles. The LiDAR provides a three dimensional perception and volumetric sensing. This facilitates Detection, Tracking and Classification of humans for:-

* Accurately localizing objects to be tracked uniquely, in real time.

* Efficiently automate surveillance with control of ONVIF cameras.

* Customize ‘Event Zones’ and ‘Exclusion Zones’ with flexible commands.

CRON’s heterogeneous, multicore, self adapting and configurable EDGE processing hardware, the proprietary ‘senseEDGE’, with its multi-domain application and inbuilt 8 GB memory and 128 GB Embedded Storage makes it rugged, reliable and suitable for prolonged usage. Quanergy’s M8 LiDAR and CRON’s curated 2/3D sensor array with Thermal Cameras pick and pass data through CRON’s proprietary INNOVACE, enhancing ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Situational Awareness’. Without the requirement of relaying the spatial data back to the server end and receiving processed data post lag-time penalty, the current technology processes data at the ‘EDGE’, to offer a cogent response ~ real time by offering a ‘PERCEPTION’ for Crowd Monitoring and Control, Breach Prevention and Detection in Red Zones/ Quarantine Camps and Response Orchestration for suitable Threat Mitigation.

Picture Courtesy: CRON Systems

{‘INNOVACE’ Dashboard depicting Key Performance Indicators. The ‘Red’ dots indicate tracking of potential threat while the ‘Green’ dots indicate safe subjects.}

In the snapshot of INNOVACE depicted above, a to-scale picture/ map represents the area covered. All assets (Sensors) deployed on ground are annotated on the picture and the area is divided into zones for ‘optimum coverage’. Movement is picked by the respective zone sensors and handed over to the next zone as per the move direction of the individual/ cluster. The thermal algorithms categorize threat as ‘Red’ dots and safe as ‘Green’ dots. Heat sync in ‘INNOVACE’ facilitates tracking and tracing the movement indicating ‘Hot Spots’ through the ‘Vulnerability Analysis’ feature. The Hooter over the hailer during day and the Floodlight connectivity during night facilitate generation of appropriate alarm for resource activation.

INNOVACE generates PERCEPTION Layer, replicating for the user, a visualization akin to what a human eye sees, but through the prism of spatial data, generated by sensors. This data in raw form is not understandable by humans and appears a garbled ML. The inference engine is rigorously trained on billions of 3D sensing datasets, derived from different kinds of 3D sensors, smartly fused by CRON’s programming experts who meticulously juggle multiple, complex and spatial vision algorithms to whip up outputs, real time. Like the indulgent sculptor, the embedded software engineers curate their algorithms for noise reduction, clustering and smoothening, ensuring very high throughput of data that derives high accuracy and low latency, that in the ultimate analysis generates multiple utilities optimized for different tasks and workloads. Monitoring and Control of potential threats like those probably infected by the Corona Virus, being one such utility that the CRON-Quanergy alliance bridges.

‘Curating a Product’, that is versatile, agile, adaptable, scalable, modular, competitive, weather agnostic and fail-safe is illusionary to state the least. But in the Sensing/ Perception world these have been made possible by CRON.

‘Curating a Product’, that is versatile, agile, adaptable, scalable, modular, competitive, weather agnostic and fail-safe is illusionary to state the least. But in the Sensing/ Perception world these have been made possible by CRON. CRON’s product creates a sanctimonious environment for functioning, through its high data throughput, which is dependable, reliable and tamper proof. The 2 and 3D sensors work on Detection, Tracking and Size Classification principles.

Refer a Counsel, and he will quickly dispel COVID-19 as ‘Force Majeure’, and support the grouping with all statutes in his armoury. But as they say, the strongest of all warriors are ‘Time’ and ‘Patience’. Whilst, philosophy could pacify the heart with Faith, the head looks for realities and who better to turn to than the Deep Technology providers who are both the ‘Warriors and the Shield’; Let the Zen Master’s art subsume the malice!