Hina Ahsan, along with her husband and co-founder Nasir, are the brains behind Abyss Solutions, a robotics company that combines the latest innovations in remotely operated underwater vehicles.
These ROVs are then used for the inspection and management of underwater assets across a variety of sectors in government and industry.
Hina told She Hacks News their focus is to give asset managers accurate and detailed information of their asset that they can implement effective asset management plans.
“The way we achieve this is by combining machine learning, robotics and optics to produce an integrated solution to asset inspections, monitoring, and surveying. We provide an end-to-end service from data acquisition through to condition assessment for assets such as bridges, dams, reservoirs, waterways and any other water based assets, including ship hulls, submerged pipelines and oil and gas rigs,” Hina said.
“The data is collected systematically over the entire asset above and underwater. Each image is geo-tagged, allowing faults and features of interest to be precisely located.”
As the COO of Abyss Solutions, Hina was born and raised in Pakistan. She has a Masters degree in Economics, also working as a lecturer for two years and teaching economics for undergraduate students. She moved to Australia in 2009 to start a new life.
“When my husband finished his PhD in “Underwater Robotics and Machine learning”, we came up with idea to start a company and commercialise some of these very cool ideas from his thesis and experience and use it for the benefit of people,” Hina said.
“I think what you learn should be useful for the community in one way or the other, otherwise there is no use for it. There is a lot of useful information for asset management that comes out of robots and cool sensors they can carry.”
Initially, the business faced a few challenges, such as lack of money, lack of staff, equipment and resources.
“It took us a while to make a product that is fit for the market and people really want to use. We failed many times and every failure was followed by success. This made us stronger and finally we came up with a better business model and solution. It’s still evolving!”
“This made us stronger and finally we came up with a better business model and solution. It’s still evolving!”
Hina is pleased that there are many companies with women entrepreneurs, who have found their place in the tech world.
“They have done well in contrast to men and hold influential positions. I think there are plenty opportunities already. There is a difference in the ratio, however, I didn’t face barriers to entering this world so feel opportunities are there if women wish to pursue, based on my experience.”
As for the future, Hina has great plans for expansion.
“I am planning to extend the business globally. We are currently operating in Australia, and looking forward to take it outside to USA, Europe, UK and Middle East.”