Visakhapatnam

New IoT device to give ambulances the green signal

Novel initiative: Founder of startup Greenline Labs Sri Vishnu Ayyagari and his teammate Mourya Kota explaining about the features of the IoT-based system called Emergency Response Automation in Visakhapatnam.   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

An IoT (Internet of Things) device that will soon be installed in five major traffic junctions in the city next month will give ambulances the green light, all the way to the incident they are attending, and ensure quick medical aid is provided to the patients.

In a first of its kind system used for making emergency services in India more efficient, city based startup Greenline Labs has created a technology called Emergency Response Automation (ERA) that creates a geo-fencing when any ambulance is within 500 metres radius from the traffic signal.

This in turn triggers an alert in the traffic junction box that will help in clearing the traffic congestion and turning the traffic lights green for allowing the ambulance to go through without delay.

‘Likely to go live in June’

The startup recently got a go-ahead from GVMC Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan for implementing the technology in five traffic junctions in the city.

The GVMC Commissioner has urged the Police Commissioner to provide five major traffic junctions to the startup to run the pilot and provide permission to handle the relays at the permitted traffic junctions in order to install the receiver.

“We expect to go live by the first week of June once the five traffic junctions are finalised. Our focus areas will be Satyam Junction, Maddilapalem, Jagadamba, MVP and Siripuram. These are the locations where major hospitals are present in the vicinity,” founder of Greenline Labs, Sri Vishnu Ayyagari told The Hindu.

The startup is presently incubated at Startup Accelerator India – the joint venture of A.P. Government and Singapore-based GOVIN Capital. Led by the core team of Sri Vishnu Ayyagari, Sree Charan Aradhyula, Vishweshwar Rao, Maniratna Babu and Mourya Kota, the startup has tested the system in a prototype simulating a four-road junction from November last and will now be filing a patent before going live.

“We are currently in talks with a few major hospitals and private ambulance service providers to fit the devices in their ambulances, apart from our collaboration with Gayatri Vidya Parishad Hospital which owns an ambulance,” said Mr Ayyagari, who had won the first prize for this project plan at the Intel IoT B-plan competition held in the city in 2015 and the third best pitch award at ‘Audacious’ conducted by Andhra University.

Interactive touch-screen device

Each ambulance will be fitted with a seven-inch interactive touch-screen device which helps the driver track the location of the accident and reach the spot from the nearest possible route. Some of the new features of ERA include route-mapping, live tracking system wherein the hospitals can track their fleet and keep their fleet in heat zones or accident prone areas and also get live updates about the victim’s condition.

Having raised a seed capital of ₹10 lakh from GOVIN Capital, the startup is gearing up for the second round of funding as it gets ready to hit the market. To expand its footprints to cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru, Greenline Labs has also collaborated with Hyderabad-based startup Ambee that are into on-demand ambulance services in these two cities.

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