AI Powered Self-Driving Robot Aurus Is The New Lifeguard On Goa’s Beaches 

by Vaishalee Kalvankar 183

Someone has rightly said that if technology is used properly by man, it can be his best friend. Well, that’s true. Goa’s state-appointed lifeguard agency, Drishti Marine, has introduced artificial intelligence into the safety space on Goa’s beaches. Now, the Goa beaches will be manned by an AI powered self-driving robot  Aurus. This new lifeguard will now save lives on India’s vacation destination beaches.

Self-Driving Robot Aurus In Goa

Drishti Marine has introduced the self-driving robot Aurus and the AI powered monitoring system Triton along popular beaches and water bodies in Goa. Operations Head of Drishti Marine, Navin Awasthi, explained the workings of both of these AI powered systems. He said that both of these systems can scan the surroundings and detect risks. They can also send real-time information to the lifeguards who are on duty so that they can respond faster and prevent the occurrence of tragic incidents.

Aurus is a self-driving robot that can patrol extensive no-swim zones and alert people during high tide. This is how they can assist on duty lifeguards. With the help of Aurus, monitoring the state’s expansive coast and at the same time managing crowds during peak hours will be easier. So far, Aurus has completed approximately 130 kilometres and 110 hours of autonomous work along the coast.


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Aurus And Triton Are Partners

In order to provide comprehensive coverage for the beaches, Aurus and Tandem will work together. Triton has completed 19,000 hours of run time so far. Both of these systems will be operated by tech lifesavers in the central control room. The areas where Aurus and Triton will patrol, will also be decided by the team in the control room.

All the onsite lifeguards have already been trained to operate both systems. Such systems have been incorporated in order to enhance tourists’ security and mitigate risks. These systems for monitoring beaches and mitigating risks will be extremely helpful during peak seasons in India’s party capital. Navin believes that with this new system being deployed, the surveillance efficiency will surely increase at the beaches and other water bodies.

The Aurus is stationed at the Miramar beach, while the Triton is stationed at the Morjim, Baina, Benaulim, Velsao, and Galgibaga beaches. Drishti Marine plans to station about 10 Aurus and 100 Tritons in 2023.


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