Years in the past, when co-founders of SenseHawk, Rahul Sankhe and Swarup Mavanoor, labored collectively in US firm SunEdison, a number one participant in photo voltaic power sector at the moment, they might usually meet to debate points referring to the photo voltaic tasks they have been implementing.
More often than not, the design concerned massive parcels of land and so they discovered they lacked information to assist make selections. Even when they flew down engineers to the positioning, they may solely stroll 5 or ten acres and never cowl all the space. In lots of circumstances, as the development went ahead, they discovered the bottom realities didn’t match what had been envisaged. Lots of the staff ended up working in silos, land selections weren’t optimum, ensuing within the want for course corrections and wastage in time and sources.
“We thought there have to be a manner out of this drawback and that we needed to have good information in the course of the execution of tasks,” explains Mavanoor. They determined to seize information via drones for the aim and flew just a few of them.
“Because of the pictures, engineers had some concept of what they have been coping with,” he explains. The drones gave them the preliminary “foot within the door” as they stumble on the thought of beginning their very own enterprise and constructing AI-powered software program for all the photo voltaic website lifecycle. This might work alongside the drones and automate the development of huge photo voltaic vegetation.
Immediately, two years later, SenseHawk is a digital cloud-based platform that allows clients to take sound data-driven selections once they develop, construct and function photo voltaic tasks. The appliance modules on the platform are put to totally different duties, they help website and terrain administration, assist monitor building, operations, thermography, work administration and file organisation. “A cell app extends the ability of the platform and brings information to discipline techs so that they have all the data they want at their fingertips. It additionally helps onsite navigation, enabling customers to simply navigate to allotted duties on websites that may be 1000s of acres in measurement,” say the founders. Each have quite a lot of expertise. Sankhe has labored within the Silicon Valley and with McKinsey, has been MD of SunEdison in India and managed massive companies in Australia, South Africa and Thailand. Mavanoor has been designer on the Indian hand-held gadget Simputer and pushed the design group of SATHI, the hand-held intelligence system for counter insurgency in India. He has labored with Cypress Semiconductors and SunEdison’s photo voltaic irrigation enterprise, so innovation is second nature to him.
Software program makes it simpler for the corporate’s group to work throughout time zones. Of the 60-member robust group, it’s the information and GIS help group that is available in for the utmost strain. “Each shopper has a unique manner of protecting information, excel, pdf, even manually, so bringing all of it collectively and making use of software program instruments can typically make it very cumbersome. We’re in 15 nations now and are within the strategy of establishing our Abu Dhabi workplace from the place it will likely be simpler for us to service shoppers in a number of nations internationally,” informs Sankhe, who’s President of the corporate.
Anticipating shopper wants
Competitors too must be stored at bay, on this case it comes from biggies like IBM and Oracle. However the trick is to anticipate shopper wants and innovate to fulfil their calls for. SenseHawk has additionally managed to garner good funding for its growth spree. Not too long ago, it raised $5.1 million in Sequence A1 funding in an institutional spherical led by Alpha Wave Incubation and follow-on funding by SAIF Companions.
Mavanoor says their best market has been the US as a result of folks there are open to innovation and are available ahead to check out new expertise. India too has been welcoming, with the Adani group utilizing their software program for its massive photo voltaic tasks. India’s goal for photo voltaic power is pretty formidable at putting in 100 GW by 2022. The pandemic goes to make it much more troublesome as there’s nonetheless 63 GW to go within the subsequent 30 months. However for SenseHawk, the story may very well be totally different. As they give the impression of being forward. Mavanoor and Sankhe are assured they won’t be out of labor.