Aug 07
High on AI
High on AI
ARTIFICIAL Intelligence is going to be the most dramatic gamechanger of the 21st century. It has already started to have a disruptive impact on most areas of private and public life and is expected to gain pace. The businesses of engineering and construction will be no different.
Many safety-related hazards and risks to human lives are encountered at engineering and construction sites and on production shop-floors. As a leader in EPC projects, hi-tech manufacturing and services, L&T always adopts innovative measures to improve safety practices that are aimed at creating a Zero Harm environment. A key area, in this context, is the use of digital technology to ensure safety at the workplace.
Several companies are embracing technologies to ensure safety, but as a tech leader, L&T is among the few that have begun adopting AI to enhance workplace safety. L&T’s digital technological experts have developed an AI platform that identifies issues such as an ‘unsafe condition’ or an ‘unsafe act’.
At project sites, AI platforms are deployed to detect the absence of safety jackets or helmets, workmen without safety shoes and other such unsafe acts. Since the first wave of COVID-19 last year, AI is being used to detect the absence of face masks and inadequate social distancing by workmen.
Using video analytics and CCTV networks, AI engines identify such individuals, locate their supervisors in real-time and alerts them to take quick corrective action. The innovative use of AI can only further improve the standards of safety across construction sites as conditions there changes on an hourly or daily basis. AI can detect and flag unsafe conditions 24X7. 
Moreover, safety-related information, including data, accumulates and adherence to laid down safety standards is measured. Subsequently, the data can analyse recurring unsafe conditions or acts and highlight the target area for improvement in safety – whether to focus on training or re-educating workers.
In fact, an entire menu of digital solutions has been devised to keep workmen and on-site engineers safe from potentially hazardous situations. These include the application of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), for safety training.
There is, for instance, a dedicated mobile app named Safety. Launched in 2016, it has some 18,000+ users, covering 700+ projects cumulatively registering some 300,000 engagements per month. There are also apps such as ViewEHS and Ib4u that are used by specific wings of L&T Construction.
Aug 07
LTI’s Handshake
LTI’s Handshake
ENGINEERING, Construction & Operations (EC&O) companies are under immense pressure in the prevailing business climate due to skilled labour shortages, tight margins and uneven cashflow. Staying competitive and minimising risk require a focus on operational efficiencies which have traditionally been siloed.
A new strategic partnership between LTI and DyFlex Solutions provides EC&O companies the technology and skills to rapidly implement industry leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions.
Building on many years of experience and a mutual commitment to provide world-class solutions, this strategic partnership will offer companies of all sizes a full-suite business solution to manage all aspects of their operation efficiently.
LTI has also partnered with Aspen Technology, a global leader in asset optimisation software, to deliver AspenTech solutions through LTI managed cloud services. The move will accelerate digitalisation journey for capital-intensive industries.
The partnership enables LTI to deliver AspenTech’s performance engineering desktop solutions, such as Aspen HYSYS and Aspen Plus, as well as AspenTech’s manufacturing supply chain solutions, including Aspen UnifiedTM, Aspen PIMS-AO and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler, through the cloud.
This alliance allows industrial organisations to “bring their own licence” to gain high-fidelity remote access to their mission-critical applications, increase computing flexibility and performance gains for more accurate, faster decision-making and accelerate time-to-value from new product innovations.
In a separate development, Snowflake – a US cloud computing-based data warehousing company, has recognised LTI as a global elite services Partner of the Year for FY 2021. This is a major milestone in the strategic partnership between LTI and Snowflake, as both strive to empower customers to build data-driven organisations.
Mindtree’s NxT
To enhance its cloud-based Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence capabilities for Industry 4.0, Mindtree acquired the L&T-NxT from parent company L&T Group.
“Industrial and manufacturing companies are starting to adopt digital technologies across the value chain but need a partner with expertise to strategically connect the dots and generate business value from their data. This acquisition will complement our strengths in reimagining consumer experience, positioning us as one of the leading partners for leveraging data and analytics to deliver transformational services to our clients,” explains Mr Debashis Chatterjee, Mindtree’s CEO & MD.

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