The ability to extract text from an image is a proven technology. However, the ability to decode laser printed text on the bottom panel of cigarette packets through image processing requires a diligent engineering process. The print pattern varies on each pack though it is manufactured in the same batch. In order to address this, we had to carefully analyse numerous samples and train the algorithm to extract the printed text. Through various iterations and tests, we achieved near 100% accuracy and repeatability. This was the easy part.
ITC however, required this solution on a smartphone. Next step was to port this solution onto a smartphone. To achieve the same performance as that on a desktop solution, we had to do a lot of complex engineering. After spending lot of time and work, we are proud and satisfied with the end results. And so is ITC.
Monitoring the health of earth pits is a unique situation. Firstly, they are huge in numbers and secondly they are spread across various geographies. While executing this project, we faced unique challenges. We were required to optimise on budget at the same working on tight timelines and across various locations. Off the shelf hardware options available were pretty expensive given the tight budget.
Therefore, we had no other option but to build our own custom hardware catering to the requirement of HPCL. This presented us with new and unique engineering challenges in the embedded electronics space. With a mix of onboard cellular and ethernet based communication, the custom built board caters exactly to the requirements. At the same time, the module had to endure dust, moisture and everything else nature could throw at it. The end result is an IP54 rated ultra compact module which would make sure the earth pits are monitored in real time and proactively serviced. While executing this project, some of our team members also became experts in specialised areas such as industrial embedded systems.
This was a system we implemented in the State of Telangana to track, trace, regulate, authenticate and retail genuine duty-paid liquor from point of bottling to point of sale.
We used a custom-built system comprising of an Industrial PC with an internal SIM holder for cellular connectivity, a 2D barcode scanner and a thermal receipt printer and integrated all these with a custom developed application and provided an end to end solution to regulate and control payment of excise and void boot-legging of spurious liquor. This has resulted in significant paid taxes as revenues to the State of Telangana with minimised pilferage.
This project involves managing networked infrastructure spread across over 1000 locations across the state of Telangana with a service turnaround time of less than 4 hours.