Coronavirus Pune: City-based AI firm to supply ventilators to government

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Sharing a few statistics, the company stated that according to estimates by the Central government, the country needs 50,000 ventilators over the next two months.

Pune: City-based Griffyn Robotech, artificial intelligence (AI) innovations company, has announced it will manufacture and supply mass ventilators to the Government of India to combat coronavirus situation in the country.

The company has developed an AI specialised ventilation device to help the nation fight COVID-19. The virus is known to affect the respiratory system of the patient who is required to be put on a ventilator a machine that adds pressure to pump oxygen into the bloodstream and take out carbon dioxide from the lungs of the patient.

AI will be used to improve the comfort of the patient by managing the flow and pressure of ventilated air.

Sharing a few statistics, the company stated that according to estimates by the Central government, the country needs 50,000 ventilators over the next two months. While the government has fast-tracked imports, the bulk of this shortfall has to be met by domestic manufacturers to fulfil the supply and demand gap. 

Amit Mahajan, the Griffyn Robotech Pvt. Ltd. Founder and CEO, said, “Ventilators and other respiratory aids are critical devices in the fight against COVID-19, and to this end, we are working together with our partners to ensure manufacturing and a steady supply of ventilators in India.”

The founder also stated that the company is planning to collaborate with other start-ups for creating add-ons to the platform. The company is likely to start the production work from the first week of May, stated co-founder and director Ameya Kandalkar.

Due to a shortage of ventilators, caretakers and medical staff use bag valve mask devices to manually ventilate patients for prolonged periods leading to mortality and morbidity. To address this, the company has developed affordable AI specialised ventilation devices to treat patients with respiratory illnesses during emergencies and mass casualties, as an alternative for prolonged manual ventilation, stated the company leaders.

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The company has developed an AI specialised ventilation device. Artificial intelligence will be used to improve the comfort of the patient by managing the flow and pressure of ventilated air.

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