Goa using AI-powered robots, technology to save lives on its beaches

NL Correspondent


Tawi: In a first-of-its-kind innovation, Drishti Marine, Goa's state-appointed lifeguard organisation, has introduced artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of Aurus, a self-driving robot and Triton, an AI-powered monitoring system, to augment its life-saving capabilities along Goa's popular beaches and water bodies. The incorporation of AI-based support follows an increase in beach-related incidents due the rising numbers in domestic and foreign tourists flocking to the coastline.

The past two years have witnessed over 1,000 rescue incidents along the coastal belt, which have required assistance from Drishti Marine's lifesavers. Both the AI monitored camera-based systems can monitor the surroundings, assess and detect risks, share real-time information with on-duty lifeguards so they may respond faster to avoid tragic incidents.

“The main reason is to incorporate new under the banner of lifesaving to help to mitigate risks while assisting the manpower to be more effective in ensuring the safety and security of individuals on the beaches. The inclusion of AI highlights the progress made in the department of lifesaving. As society grows more and more reliant on technology, it's only suitable to ensure it is appropriately applied in all sectors of life,” says Navin Awasthi, Operations Head of Drishti Marine. TRITON has so far completed 19,000 hours of runtime. “Both AURUS and Triton are largely support systems. The device has the potential to save lives, especially during peak season when lifeguards must monitor and patrol wide portions of the beach that are swamped with visitors. The two AI-based systems have increased team efficiency and enabled wider coverage. We hope that as the systems improve, they will become an essential part of every beach, making our beaches the best protected in the .”, Navin Awasthi also said Drishti intends to deploy 100 Triton units and 10 AURUS units on the beaches of Goa this year.