iOmniscient: Intelligent AI-Powered Solutions for a Better Tomorrow
“Our focus is on developing intelligent technologies that can provide our customers with tangible increases in productivity at a lower cost than more traditional methods,” says Rustom A. Kanga, CEO and co-founder of iOmniscient, a provider of intelligent video analytics solutions. Helping to find lost children in crowded environments, assisting motorists to find car parking spots, and ensuring that trains don’t get derailed are just some of the many applications implemented using iOmniscient’s systems.
Humans use their eyes, ears, and nose to understand their environment. iOmniscient’s multi-sensory analytics uses video, sound, and smell analytics to do the same. And its unique strength is to do this in very crowded and complex environments. For instance, unlike traditional Face Recognition systems that can only recognize individuals under relatively controlled conditions, the iOmniscient system can recognize people at long distances in crowds using low resolution cameras.
Interestingly, the system does not have privacy issues. Unlike traditional CCTV systems where operators can sit and watch the public, in an iOmniscient system all the faces are anonymized. No one is recognizable. However, if an incident occurs and it becomes necessary to find a known criminal or a person suffering dementia who has wandered away, authorized people can extract the necessary details on those specific individuals.
The system can detect a range of behaviours. In a shopping mall it can alert the manager if a customer slips and falls ensuring that he can be given immediate assistance. In airports it can help optimize the queues to minimize waiting time. The system has been used to provide early warning on forest fires and to analyze road junctions to understand areas at most risk based on the number of near misses.
With its ability to recognize license plates from 120 countries it is used for a number of road safety and law enforcement purposes.
The company has implemented smart city solutions in over 50 countries. In India alone it has been involved in projects for seven cities. 19 airports in Indonesia (including Bali) use iOmniscient technology. Organizations from the China Fast Train to the Electricity and Water Authority in Dubai rely on these capabilities. Banks, Universities, shopping malls, and football stadiums from Chicago to Nairobi have implemented these systems.
“The general public probably does not realize the extent to which their safety and the efficiency of the organizations that they rely on for various services are dependent on such artificial intelligence technologies,” explained Dr Kanga.
Having been founded over 17 years ago, the company is a pioneer in these technologies. Many of the tech giants work closely with iOmniscient. Its products are an inherent component of Microsoft’s CityNext programme. Organizations such as Cisco, Oracle, Huawei, Intel, Siemens, and Thales are among more than 400 partners that iOmniscient works with to make these technologies available to the public.
Every quarter, iOmniscient rolls out new products; it launched several new patents last year bringing the total in its portfolio to 48. The company has three R&D Centres in Australia, Canada, and India, focussed on addressing their customers’ most difficult challenges using innovative technologies.
And the most important reason that the company has been successful is its philosophy of doing more with less. iOmniscient’s technology greatly reduces the infrastructure required. Relative to traditional CCTV systems, it requires up to five times fewer cameras, 90 percent less storage and network bandwidth, and much less computing power to the point where it is less expensive to implement a smart system from iOmniscient than an unintelligent CCTV recording and display system.