Ahmedabad: The very sight of Mount Pirana, a garbage dump in Ahmedabad, is a stark reminder of the need and urgency of proper waste management. Ahmedabad-based startup, Ishitva Robotic Systems, has developed a series of products that helps automate the segregation and sorting of waste to enable better recycling, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. The startup is in the process of raising funds as part of the Series-A funding, which will be between $2 million to $5million.
“We are already in an advanced stage of negotiations with investors for the series-A round of funding. With the fresh funds, we plan to introduce new products for better waste segregation and expand our footprint,” said Sandip Singh, CEO, Ishitva Robotic Systems.
“Going forward, we plan to foray into more geographies in India to cater to our clients. Some 15 locations are already in the pipeline where we are negotiating contracts to deploy technology solutions for waste segregation and sorting,” he added.
As on date, the startup is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for companies who work in the waste management sector for industrial as well as domestic waste disposal. These companies (clients of Ishitva Robotic Systems) in turn work for urban local bodies too.
The startup was founded by Jitesh Dadlani in 2018, with a view to utilize AI, IoT and machine learning technology to effectively segregate waste to help recover recyclable items, making way for a circular economy. It offers a range of tech-enabled products for sorting of complex waste of different kinds.
“Be it household waste or industrial waste, the key is segregating and sorting it right – a crucial requirement for recycling. Deciphering the waste based on its polymer is tricky and therefore, automation is the key to enhancing waste sorting process,” said Jitesh, who has pursued his BSc with Electronics along with MCA and worked for 13 years in various tech-companies in Dubai, UK and the US.
“Our tech-enabled products not just help minimize human intervention and consequent health hazards in sorting and segregating waste, but it also provides a scalable, faster and more efficient sorting of complex waste classified based on different polymers and colours, using high-speed air sorters,” he further added.
The need for automation in waste segregation and sorting only went up post pandemic, especially for handling Covid-19 waste. The company began commercializing its products in 2020 and following the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the inquiries for automated sorting of waste have gone up.