L&T to test AI & ML-assisted techs to combat COVID-19 (partners with 20 city administrations)

Fri, 2020-05-08 12:02 -- SCC India Staff


L&T has partnered with over 20 city administrations across India to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To aid surveillance, the company is bringing out the many AI and ML assisted technologies that it is piloting for smart cities projects.

“With its ability to seamlessly integrate various smart technologies to manage surveillance, crowd management, message delivery and communication to residing populace, L&T is supporting the transformation of city civic administrations,” said L&T’s CEO and MD, SN Subrahmanyan.

L&T said that it has partnered with municipal and police agencies of various cities to set up technology and manage Command & Control Centers. It has multiple partnerships with local administrations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Hyderabad citizens have been ordered not to drive beyond 3 KM for anything – even essential goods. L&T’s systems use machine learning (ML) tools to detect the number plates of the vehicles outside of the 3KM zone. Then, they send an automatic alert to the local administration. L&T also uses the regional transport authority’s (RTA) database to identify the owners of these vehicles.

Apart from this, L&T deployed AI-based crowd control measures to maintain social distancing. This AI technology is used in conjunction with more than 200 CCTV cameras across Hyderabad to send automatic alerts to the local police. So far, L&T says it has sent more than 1,000 alerts.

L&T has developed an app for health workers in Visakhapatnam to carry out Covid-19 surveys. Apart from this, a separate app for citizens also lets them notify the local medical officer in case of an emergency.

The company also set up a dedicated 24x7 grievance cell to keep a tab on people who have returned from foreign countries. L&T’s operators follow up with these identified individuals on a daily basis for 14 days. If these individuals report any Covid-19 symptoms, the operators notify the chief medical officer of the locality.

It has set up a similar grievance cell in UP’s Prayagraj, along with a 1920 helpline number. In Mumbai, it has deployed thermal cameras and drones for surveillance. L&T says that it has sent 246 alerts to the Mumbai police so far, notifying it about crowd gatherings in the city.