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Jul 13, 2017 06:07 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

This Delhi based VR startup helps soldiers fight better in battlefield

Delhi based VizExperts is developing solutions which can prevent infiltration and casualties of soldiers in the battlefield. It has clients such as Border Security Force (BSF) and Defense Research and Development Organizations (DRDO) in India.

This Delhi based VR startup helps soldiers fight better in battlefield

Shubham Raj

Moneycontrol News

It is not easy to miss the glitter in his eyes, as Delhi-based tech entrepreneur Praveen Bhaniramnika talks about augmented and virtual reality. The ever-shifting pitch of his voice, few thumps on the desk now and then, swift movement of the hands— his actions fail to hide his passion.

"I am a technologist not a businessman. It is Chanchal, my wife, who looks after the finances of my company," says Praveen Bhaniramka, CEO of VizExperts, a visual computing solution providing firm headquartered in New Delhi.

The company provides augmented reality solutions to defence personnel for training before they can be deployed on the ground.

Founded in 2004, VizExperts' clientele includes Border Security Force (BSF), Defense Research and Development Organizations (DRDO), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and international conglomerates such as Halliburton, AMD and SGI.

BSF-HQ VizExpert-Edited

(A BSF control room display designed by VizExperts)

The company's solutions offer improved situational awareness to security forces in a 3D format.

"We create a 3D model of terrain and fields using the maps and data obtained from satellites. Currently used by Indian army and BSF, it helps our forces to know about the area before venturing into it," informs Praveen, who has a team of 120 people in Delhi and Bangalore developing these solutions.

His company also built a 24/7 operation capable control room for BSF. Using Virtual Reality (VR) technology, the company developed a decision support system with the complete 3D geospatial database of all the border assets of BSF along the western and eastern regions.

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"We also created a virtual training exercise for soldiers of paramilitary forces which can be used with our GeorbIS 3D GIS platform," he adds.

Collaborating with INCOIS (Indian National Centre For Ocean Information Services), his company has developed a system which would forewarn the authorities if there is a possibility of a tsunami.

"Using data provided by sensors fit in the sea, we can predict the height and speed of the waves. It would make sure that a repeat of 2004 never happens," says the New Delhi-based entrepreneur.

Talking about his journey in the field of computer graphics, he says, "I have been passionate about graphics since my high school days," says Praveen, whose family hails from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh.

After graduating from Banaras Hindu University, he went to Ohio State University to get a PG degree in Graphics.

"My elder brother joined our family business. As I was good in studies, he encouraged me to realise my passion," says the former Silicon Graphics employee.

Talking about his former employer SGI he says that the company could not keep up with time.

SGI which was making revenue in tune of USD 4 billion in 1997, was later acquired by Rackable Systems for just USD 25 million in cash in 2009.

VizExperts has a turnover of Rs 25 crore as of now. “We are planning to reach Rs 100 crore turnover by the end of this fiscal year,” informs the founder of the bootstrapped company.

He also intends to expand the reach of the company by expanding is client base. The company is not seeking any investments.

Apart from New Delhi, VizExperts has three offices—R&D offices in Gurgaon and Bengaluru, and one in Houston.

Talking about the future of visual computing, he expects that Augmented Reality (AR) would be a field full of unlimited potential in coming years.

“It could be anybody’s guess how quickly it develops. Till now, the visual computing field is following the Moore’s law”, he concludes.

shubham.raj@nw18.com
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