Q. Could you introduce us to your organisation?
A. Oxys Technologies is a six-year-old embedded system design and IP development company specialising in the areas of telematics, machine-to-machine (M2M), short-range and long-range wireless communications.
Q. What are the key technologies you are working on?
A. The core focus of Oxys is in automotive and medical devices IP creation. Few of the automotive IPs can also be used in aerospace applications like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)/ drones autopilot and telemetry data collection, by using long-range radio frequency (RF) communication systems and very little customisation.
Q. What, in your opinion, is the potential of drones?
A. Oxys anticipates tremendous growth of drones for applications like video surveillance, defence, aerial photography, agriculture, organ transportation ambulances and light-weight commercial goods delivery. Currently, these products and IPs are imported from other countries. Oxys sees a huge growth in these segments in the coming years and has drawn up plans to make niche electronics products that can be exported to other countries from India. We want to be front-runners in aligning with the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Q. Could you tell us which technologies you specialise in?
A. We specialise in telematics and M2M Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The company has also come out with a telematics platform covering everything from idea to the complete product.
Q. Please explain more about your telematics platform.
A. Almost five years ago, even before the term IoT was coined by the world of technology, the company anticipated a spurt of IoT devices in the market and invested in research and development (R&D) for creating such an IoT platform called the Oxyscope. At the heart of this product is an embedded device with two main parts – one interacting with real-world signals in real-time and the other, a baseband part enabling communication to the cloud via a global system for mobile communications (GSM)/ general packet radio service (GPRS) network. Any sensor or signal connected to the real-time processor is processed and sent to the cloud, which in turn can perform analytics on the real-time data and come out with useful information for decision-making. The Oxyscope platform finds application in varied domains and segments of the industry, ranging from consumer, automotive, defence and aerospace, to industrial applications. A simple extension of the platform makes it suitable for these purposes.
Q. What are the major circuit/ system design projects that you are currently working on?
A. We work with sensors like accelerometers, gyrometers, radiation meters, barometers and temperature sensors connected to the IoT, perform light-weight analytics on the devices and then transfer the data to a cloud server for heavy analytics. One of our devices monitors the input from the sensors. Readings from the pressure sensor that cross a certain specified limit can be used to set off an alarm, whereas, heavy-weight analytics can be performed at the server by combining temperature and barometer readings, to arrive at a more detailed analysis. If this device is mounted in a UAV that is then flown many times in a day, it can be used to predict weather patterns.
Q. What are the complexities you have observed in using sensors?
A. The first aspect to take care of while using sensors is calibration. It is a process demanding a huge amount of patience, precision and cost. There is then the life of the sensor. Its performance deteriorates with time and the system has to account for the resulting changes. Another area that is to be focused on is the processing of the received signal. Getting a true value of the measured quantity, while accounting for noise and other disturbances, is a challenge.
Q. Are all your projects based on the Oxyscope platform?
A. Most of our projects are based on the Oxyscope platform. We make derivatives of this for different applications, by integrating sensors and programming the controllers for the specific domain. The platform is flexible and has almost 90 per cent of the requirements for the markets we target. As of now, we customise this platform and integrate it into the customer’s product. We are looking at branding our own product soon.
Q. Tell us about a few of your projects.
A. We primarily target verticals like automotive, aerospace and medical electronics. With an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer and global positioning system (GPS) inbuilt, the Oxyscope platform is currently being tested in drones, for surveillance purposes. A proprietary long-range radio frequency (RF) link enables communication between the operating station and the drone. We are also trying to implement solar charging in these drones, where the design demands a whole new technology and different algorithms for power requirements.