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Transerve offers map platform for visualizing analysis on geo-spatial data. It helps in deploying customized applications for asset tracking/ mapping, monitoring of projects, spatial data collection with geo-tagged pictures and videos and to share maps with key stakeholders or public. Transerve’s solution assists its users in solving complex business problems and allows organizations to deploy on premise in offline and classified environment.

Ashwani Rawat is the Co-Founder and Director of Transerve Technologies. In an interaction with The Tech Pod, Ashwani speaks about the role of Geospatial Knowledge in e-governance. Read More!

Tell us something about yourself and what does your company do?

Growing urbanization leads to a dire need for a solution to urban issues such as efficiency of revenue collection, managing utilities like water and sewerage systems, traffic management. Data technology can help transform the basic functioning of Indian urban cities and provide a scalable solution to pressing urban-civic issues. Considering this two IIT-Kanpur graduates Amarsh Chaturvedi and Ashwani Rawat contrived together,  Transerve Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a Civic-Technology company based out of Goa that specializes in geospatial technology, smart city solutions and advanced data collection technology in 2009.

With a vision to transform Indian city operations using their data-driven algorithms and geospatial technology, we have worked for various city-level technology roll-out using our flagship SaaS products to help improve city operations like inventorying urban assets, revenue enhancement, land records modernization, as well as settling municipal revenue systems and improving civic service delivery. Bringing in digital transformation in the governance sphere, we built a map platform Transerve Online Stack (TOS) for visualising analytics on geo-spatial data. It helps in deploying customised applications for asset tracking/mapping, monitoring of projects, and spatial data collection with geo-tagged pictures and videos. Transerve’s spatial platform has found implementation in cities like New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Rajasthan across the country as Transerve continues to focus on creating industry-leading tech innovations that can maximize social impact and achieve sustainable development goals for the greater public good. The platform has been adopted by national agencies for large scale spatial data collection and analytics, and projects aided by national and international development multilateral. Our solutions are customised for India and have been developed considering the modular and scalable nature of the platform. The platform is developed on MEAN stack with NUIS architecture which is promoted by MaHUA. It is based on microservices and helps cities in creating Integrated Urban Data Exchange bases to collaborate with various departments in order to build data exchange harmony.

Having been acknowledged as a top emerging and innovative company by NASSCOM and Deloitte for our spatial platform Transerve Online Stack, we recently became a part of NASSCOM’s exclusive Deep Tech Club.

As the co-founder of a startup, what is the most exciting aspect of a startup for you?

Transerve was started in 2009, so technically we aren’t a startup anymore and have emerged as a leading player in the Geospatial Technology sector. But, indeed the journey has been overwhelming.In my opinion, the most exhilarating aspect of a startup is coming up with a fundamental idea and putting in your heart and soul to see it grow and prosper. It’s not the hard work that costs; it’s the idea that deals. Every small step in the process is full of opportunities to thrive.

Explain the role of Geospatial Knowledge in E-Governance?

E-governance means usage of IT in carrying out various government processes. It has been extremely popularized by the launch of Digital India programme. Geospatial knowledge has played a major role in e-governance. Geospatial knowledge basically means understanding and analyzing the data associated with a particular location. The combination of Internet access and geospatial knowledge through Geographic Information System (GIS) enables the government to improve the services provided by them to the businesses and the public. For any sort of developmental program that needs to be implemented, there needs to be a lot of micro level information required. GIS helps in accurate geographic data which assists in planning, monitoring as well as vision making. Municipal corporations can also use geospatial knowledge for better administration. By combining municipal corporation information systems and GIS, the government can carry out property assessment and reassessment, licensing, permitting, land development, etc. it can also smooth the process of information exchange amongst various levels of the government. It also allows government to respond to emergencies and national disasters in a more effective way

How poor data collection affects business? 

Business Data is the ticket to success as it can help business men make the correct decisions that will lead to growth and development. Poor data collection leads to accumulation of data that is inaccurate for the business. Instead of getting closer to their goal, they will be pulled back. Decisions that are made on the basis of this data can negatively impact the performance of the business leading to financial losses. In addition to financial resources, it also harms productivity, efficiency and credibility of the business.

Low data quality slows down the growth process and diminishes productivity across the organization. A single piece of bad data can lead to creation of more inaccurate data, which ultimately harms all processes. So once it’s in the system, a lot of efforts and expenses are made to nullify the negative impacts. Utilization of poor data means that customers will be given wrong answers. Inefficiencies, reduced productivity, bad customer support, compliance issues, etc affect customer satisfaction. When customers are unsatisfied, they will gladly express their feelings to others. This will hamper the reputation of the organization. When there is a lot of ambiguity in terms of the reliability of the data, the employees are affected as well. They won’t be motivated to work as they might feel their time and efforts are going down the drain. There will be a loss of potential prospects also. Thus, poor data can hurt an organization to the core, so it’s extremely important to make sure that proper and reliable data collection techniques are being followed.

How AI is accelerating the IoT Industry?

AI is being widely used for predictive analysis and maintenance in real time. While AI helps in optimizing and forecasting future trends, the data fed to AI models comes from IoT networks deployed on various devices using sensors to collect real time information which further helps AI in predicting efficiency of models. IoT devices will provide enough data to train the models and work more efficiently in future. IoT and AI will go hand in hand in time to come.

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