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'India needs more product innovations'

Text: Manu A B

March 17, 2009

Innovation is the secret of their success. They believe a simple idea can transform lives. They dream big and are passionate about their goals... Meet the young, ambitious, intelligent and enterprising architects of India. Here's a special series on India's best innovators and entrepreneurs, winners of the latest Nasscom Innovation Award 2008.

'Entrepreneurship is a challenging opportunity'

Their mission is to 'create a secure tomorrow' with the help of smart and cost-effective technology solutions.

Kapil Bardeja and Anoop Prabhu saw a huge opportunity in developing efficient and reliable products for vehicle security. Their venture started off as a subsidiary of KritiKal Solutions Pvt Ltd, an Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi-incubated company.

KritiKal Solutions was started by five faculty members from the computer science department and seven alumni from IIT-Delhi. KritiKal SecureScan uses high-end computer vision technologies and solutions to make devices that play a vital role in ensuring vehicle security.

The latest innovation, called VehiScan, is a device used for vehicle license plates recognition. Another device, ZenScan, checks the presence of any explosives or unwanted objects under the vehicles.

"Security is an upcoming market and we saw lot of potential areas where no indigenous technology was available and global products did not customise to the level required for successful operation in the Indian conditions," says Kapil Bardeja.

For him, entrepreneurship is a challenging opportunity. "It teaches you a lot and gives you that satisfaction of having created something from scratch. So it really feels great," Bardeja says.

And his advice to budding entrepreneurs: "Don't wait for a billion-dollar idea because they are hard to come by. Whatever small ideas you have, just do it."

What are the features of the award winning VehiScanT?

VehiScan is a system for real-time vehicle license plates recognition. VehiScan analyses, in real time, a video stream from camera or media storage (analogue or digital). Recognized car license plates are stored into a database and can be verified against a number of user-defined criteria. In case of security breach, i.e. a stolen or suspected vehicle detection, the user is notified by a audio-visual alarm in real time. So how does VehiScan work? Read on. . .

Image: Kapil Bardeja, CEO and co-founder, KritiKal SecureScan. | Photograph, courtesy: KritiKal SecureScan

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