AI-based Mandarin translation devices for Army

July 12, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:40 am IST - NEW DELHI

Union Defence Minister unveils 75 AI-based products and technologies at defence symposium

With the help of an AI-based device, the Indian Army will be able to understand Mandarin.Special ArrangementSpecial Arrangement

With the help of an AI-based device, the Indian Army will be able to understand Mandarin.Special ArrangementSpecial Arrangement

Indian soldiers patrolling on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), when they come face to face with Chinese soldiers, will soon be able to understand Mandarin and reply back instantly, with the help of a 600gm Artificial Intelligence (AI) based device developed by an Indian start-up and currently under advanced trials with feedback from the Army.

This was one of the 75 AI-enabled products and applications unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the ‘AI in defence’ symposium on Monday.

Developed by a start-up

“It is an offline hand-held language translation system which works based on AI. It has been tested in the forward areas and Army has given lot of assistance. Its performance will improve as more and more data comes from the field,” said Anuroop Iyengar, co-founder and Managing Director of the Bengaluru-based start-up Cogknit. We are currently working make it making it smaller and wearable on the wrist and also increase its range, he said showcasing the product at the exhibition.

It is bidirectional with a range of 5-10 feet and gives converts Mandarin to English. We are also working on hindi and trying to enhance the range upto 20 feet, Mr. Iyengar said. They are being supported by Kalyani Group, he said. The first demonstration was done in 2017 and since have done several demonstrations and trials.

Stating that they are now working with the Army for deployment and orders, Mr. Iyengar added, “We have requested them to place orders with start-ups quickly.”

The exhibition had also several other AI enabled products like robotic mine detector, intrusion detection system and integrated command fusion, remote weapon station, rail mounted robo, sensors for under water domain awareness, swarm drones among others.Three AI products developed by the DPSUs having dual use applications and good market potential, namely AI-enabled Voice Transcription/Analysis software developed by Bharat Electronics Limited; Driver Fatigue Monitoring System developed by Bharat Earth Movers Limited and AI-enabled evaluation of Welding defects in X-rays of Non-destructive Testing developed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers were screened during the event. These products are expected to open up new business avenues for the Defence PSUs.

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