The Global Startup Ecosystem: Automating Industrial Mobility with Saurav Agarwal

29 Jun 2021

Saurav Agarwal, Founder and CEO of SIERA.AI, explains how his company helps industrial facilities make operations safer and more efficient by digitalizing their forklift fleet with computer vision and IoT.

Hosted by Jeff Kavanaugh, VP and Head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute.

"We first enable our customers to not rely on paper, but go entirely digital for their inspections and compliance processes. It makes everybody's life easier. For the operations or warehouse manager, all they need to do is click one button to generate an OSHA report and send it to the inspector - instead of running around to look for pieces of paper that may be missing."

"There have been automated forklifts in the market for a long time. The problem was that they needed some kind of guiding tapes, wires, or external systems to tell them how to go from Point A to Point B. Today, we have the ability to take a vehicle, drive it around any warehouse to build a map of that facility, and then the vehicle can figure out how to go from Point A to Point B autonomously."

- Saurav Agarwal

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Show Notes

  • 00:26

    What is unique and different about what your company is trying to do your mission, or maybe your value proposition compared to others?

  • 01:00

    What's [the warehouse] environment allowed you to do and what do you see that's distinct about automating forklifts and equipment that might be off-road?

  • 02:05

    How did you maintain your footing and your momentum during the pandemic? And then second, how has it evolved your story?

  • 03:21

    What's a lesson that someone else can take whenever they have to think about their own value proposition and keeping it current?

  • 05:04

    Can you comment on how [hope of gain/fear of loss] plays into your business plan or at least your go-to-market for a particular offering?

  • 08:19

    What about the warehouse? And what about that critical link of making sure goods that come in and go out? Do you see enough visibility there and what steps are you taking to raise that visibility to more executives?

  • 10:28

    Can you demystify what it means to have artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles running around a warehouse? What does it mean for the average professional who has heard these terms, but doesn't quite know what they mean?

  • 11:58

    How much of an improvement, or how much of an edge is it that you can control the environment?

  • 13:23

    What are the three things that you might convey to a business leader who's thinking about industrial automation, industrial mobility, and maybe taking steps towards automation or autonomous navigation?



About Saurav Agarwal

Saurav Agarwal

Saurav Agarwal is CEO, and Co-Founder of SIERA.AI. He received his Bachelor’s in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2010 and then went on to get an MS (Cranfield University, UK 2011) and Ph.D. (Texas A&M, 2017). He has 10+ years of Robotics and Autonomous Systems experience and has filed more than 10 patents in related research. Saurav worked at Qualcomm R&D in 2015 where he won the Qualcomm Padovani Fellow. Saurav has won a National Innovation Award for his research into navigation technologies and has worked on self-driving cars and self-flying drones.



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