Published: 04th May 2018
Vizag-based GreenLine Labs will ensure that no traffic jam will stop an ambulance again
What's an ambulance’s biggest enemy apart from time? A traffic jam, of course. But hopefully not for too long thanks to GreenLine Labs
How many of us have seen an ambulance struggle to get past a traffic jam? Well, we all know how painful it is to even watch this and so does Mourya Kota, who is actually trying to help with the matter. The idea is something we've all wished for — decongested roads for ambulances. There is only so much the traffic police can do, so to make things better, GreenLine Labs has automated the process. And even though the original founders did not see their idea through and left last year, Kota did not give up. He took up the initiative with fresh gusto. "Every minute counts and we want to help doctors make optimum use of the golden hour," says the alumnus of GITAM, Visakhapatnam. So to achieve this, GreenLine Labs uses IoT emergency response automation to clear traffic much before the ambulance even arrives.
GreenLine Labs allows real-time update in terms of situational reports and patient condition during transit. Currently, GreenLine Labs has five members and five interns
Here’s how it works: The traffic signal is fitted with a receiver that creates a dynamic geofence (a virtual geographic boundary defined by GPS technology), which can differ in range depending on the density of the traffic jam. Once the ambulance, which is fitted with a transmitter, enters the radius of the geofence, it triggers a signal that alerts the receiver. The receiver analyses the direction of the ambulance and accordingly changes the traffic signal to green for the direction that the ambulance is heading in, without any manual intervention and without creating chaos for the rest.
Even the traffic police cannot anticipate when the traffic jam will clear and this is where IoT comes in
Mourya Kota, CEO, GreenLine Labs
While real-time tracking of an ambulance is a given, even the details of the patient can reach the hospital before the patient does. And this is possible thanks to a dashboard that can be filled by the personnel in the ambulance and can be accessed by the hospital management. "This helps them prepare better for the emergency in terms of aid and equipment," explains Kota, adding, "We're now at a stage where we are piloting the project with one of the hospitals in Vizag and helping them with trauma cases."
Mourya studied industrial engineering at GITAM, Vishakapatnam. And now, Mani Rathna and Visweswara Rao are part of his core team at GreenLine Labs
And of course, installing the receivers at the traffic signals required a slew of permissions and Kota would have been stuck behind red tape if it wasn't for Dr Anand Govindaluri, the Founder of Startup Accelerator India, Visakhapatnam, where they are also incubated at. Dr Govindaluri, who is an investor and the Chairman of GreenLine Labs, supported and mentored Kota through the process. And if the pilot run goes well, they are hoping to expand to Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
At a glance: GreenLine Labs and their ERA explained
Now they want to develop a database that contains all the medical information of a patient, before and after a surgery, so that the patient doesn't have to travel to the hospital again to consult a doctor. They can do it through their portal itself. "A lot of people come to Vizag for medical care from Odisha and even West Bengal, so we want to develop an app through which people can communicate with doctors without having to visit them," concludes Kota.
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