Nilay Kulkarni: A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes
Nilay Kulkarni is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Ashioto Analytics, a real-time crowd flow analysis platform. Full bio
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the horrors he witnessed six years earlier
over 30 million Hindu worshippers
only for 1.5 million people --
is to wash away all their sins
moves at a slow pace.
in three other places in India,
in stampedes at these events.
resigning to the city's fate
inevitable deaths of dozens
to find a solution to this?
and being a maker,
of building a system
the flow of people
and, hopefully, fewer deaths.
and their intensity,
to have zero stampedes.
passed without any casualties.
an innovation workshop
faced at the grand scale of Kumbh Mela.
the stampede problem,
of people per minute.
that would help us get these three things.
to identify people?
be too expensive and impractical
with image-processing techniques?
of being non-portable
in the case of rain,
to happen in Kumbh Mela.
do not carry cell phones
granular enough for us.
the data for processing.
which has pressure sensors
of people walking on it,
software we created.
like overcounting or double-stepping,
was determined to be 18 inches,
stride length of a person.
over the sensor.
built in three days,
with aluminum composite panels
pulse of electricity under pressure.
pilots in public,
in malls, in temples, etc.,
work on problems for the city.
were in their early 20s.
and would ask us questions like,
if I step on this?"
an electronic sensor on the ground,
a cover for the sensor
what it is on the ground.
in hazardous areas
of using black rubber
accumulates over the surface,
with the ground.
is no higher than 12 millimeters.
which was only 10 millimeters thick.
to the server in real time,
all the active devices on the ground.
if the crowd movement slowed down
moved beyond a desired threshold.
in the Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015,
in real time at various checkpoints,
with other innovations,
altogether at that festival.
free to use for anyone.
who may also suffer from stampedes.
makes it adaptable
gathering of people.
adapt and deploy the system
and ensure a safe flow of people,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERNilay Kulkarni - Software programmer
Nilay Kulkarni is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Ashioto Analytics, a real-time crowd flow analysis platform.
Why you should listen
Nilay Kulkarni started developing software at the age of 14. In collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, he used his skills as a self-taught programmer to build a simple tech solution to prevent human stampedes during the Kumbh Mela, one of the world's largest crowd gatherings, in India. Now 17 years old, he is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Ashioto Analytics.
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