Ravin Mirchandani, Chairman, Ador Powerton shares his thoughts with Traffic Infra Tech magazine about how the road network in India is experiencing palpable growth and in some sectors change is visible almost every day. The Smart City Program has resulted in citizens witnessing the immediate visible impact of assets such as Variable Message Signs (VMS), smart poles and WIFI being rolled out city-wide within weeks.
Ador recently announced an investment in Australian traffic and safety enforcement specialist Acusensus Pty Ltd, taking a majority equity position in the company. Acusensus specialises on the use of radar, cameras and software for unique path breaking innovative solutions to identify and create infringements for driving whilst distracted, such as texting or using an electronic device whilst driving, seat belt usage, and other related traffic safety offences. Alexander JANNINK, Managing Director Acusensus said, "This investment by Ador will help further speed up our R&D cycle and support the pilot projects we are currently working on implementing globally in geographies where distracted driving is a significant source of traffic accidents. We are pleased to partner with Ador who will also support us in our international growth efforts.'
Ravin MIRCHANDANI, Chairman Ador said "Ador is working on a number of different projects within the Traffic and Defence sectors that utilise software to make cameras intelligent for various applications. Our investment in Acusensus will provide a significant IP advantage to not just our traffic and enforcement solutions but also our current pipeline of defence, perimeter & border protection as well as airfield protection projects." The investment agreement was concluded by both companies recently.
The Australian National Road Safety Strategy is based on the Safe System approach to improving road safety. This involves a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among roads and roadsides, travel speeds, vehicles and road users.
It is an inclusive approach that caters for all groups using the road system, including drivers, motorcyclists, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and commercial and heavy vehicle drivers. Consistent with Ador's long-term road safety vision, it recognises that people will always make mistakes and may have road crashes—but the system should be forgiving and those crashes should not result in death or serious injury.
- The new 28,400 km Bharatmala highway programme connecting border areas has been approved by the Cabinet.
- Improving international port and coastal connectivity will also be part of the highway development plan.
- Besides improving highway corridors, connecting key economic and commercial hubs along the e-ways is on the agenda.
Business leaders will wax lyrical about ‘creativity’ being the most valuable attribute an employee can have. Often, the sad underlying narrative of their message is how this fascinating little trait is frustratingly rare to find within most teams, that companies seldom use ‘creativity’ as a mechanism to promote talent and that ‘creativity’ is impossible to instill in people, – seemingly you are either born with it or not!
At ADOR we don't quite agree with this narrative. In this post about how creativity can be fostered within any team under the right circumstances, In this post, our chairman, Ravin MIRCHANDANI explains how we've fostered a creative environment at ADOR with a real life case study. Link: Read the article
Last week, one of our group companies, - Ador Digatron chose to honour a very special member of the team in a touching and poignant way. The entire company gathered to celebrate the career of one of our longest serving manufacturing shop-floor operators in Pune, India. This was not a retirement ceremony, nor a farewell, – just everyone taking 5 minutes off in the middle of the day to celebrate the career of a genuine human being, who is also a hardworking and cheeky colleague.
Govardhan DABHADE, or ‘Dabhade Sir’ as he is popularly known, joined us 28 years ago and has worked in every shop-floor of every Ador Group company in Pune during that time. The team chose to name the main conference room at the Pune manufacturing plant after him. It is now proudly called the “Govardhan Dabhade Conference Room” – or as I am sure it will soon be known, the “Dhabade Sir Room”.
Govardhan joined us as a gardener in the late 1980s, – back when we had a large rose garden that spanned over three acres at one of our factories. This was during the era when companies indulged in such wonderful luxuries like rose gardens and flower shows. We used to compete in the local Pune Rose show, often winning the annual gold medal competing against submissions even from the botanical gardens.
To live the truth, we also must consciously remind ourselves to just say it as it is, without malice but with clear and positive intent. Respect will follow, so will success, confidence, happiness and the gradual lifting of that terrible tension of not being enough.
Watching Govardhan speak at this low-key ceremony reminded me of how times have changed and how we all now seem to dedicate less time and resources for the more beautiful things. Rather than stopping to smell the real roses, we seem to be doing that vicariously online instead. As I was watching the touching ceremony, the memory of the rose garden seemed to suddenly become a symbol of a time when people and things were far more real.
Govardhan was responsible for many of our Rose Show gold medals due to his uncanny green thumbs. But as time moved on, so did his challenges. The rose gardens vanished with the frenetic activity that came post the liberalisation of the Indian economy in the 1990s and Govardhan chose to move inside the manufacturing plant, working in the equipment assembly shop as a fabricator. He then moved to our power electronics manufacturing shop-floor, where he started earning his own medals – best contributor, most efficient performer, cleanest workspace, highest output, most skilled copper winding professional, the list is endless.
Govardhan is one of those special people who live life with the brutal honesty that so many of us only aspire to. He is the same person in every sphere of his life – what you see is the real person, always. People like Govardhan always seem so content, so calm and happy because they live life by the rules of their own truth. Their own true north! No fake portrayed online persona that they constantly need to live up to, no tensions from not living up to the expectations of others. They are immensely at peace with who they are. I have occasionally come across such special people, some of whom are CEOs, directors, business heads, mad scientists in design teams, Uber taxi drivers and restaurant waiters, chefs, deep sea diving coaches and of course Govardhan. What they share is contentment, calm, clarity and confidence.
At Ador, “Being Brutally Honest” is one of our four core values. The other three are easy to understand and to live daily. But brutal honesty, quite like attaining moksha (achieving your inner calm after finding your true purpose) or finding nirvana (heaven), seems so ephemeral and elusive.
We spend between 70% to 80% of our waking hours at work and half our time back at home is invested in sleep and recovery. So, naturally our day job has an enormous impact on our well-being. The relationships we have with our work colleagues have an important bearing on our happiness as well as our mental, emotional and clinical health. Yet most of us chose to live behind a shield at work, in protection mode unable to be ourselves, resulting in an inability to develop long lasting sustainable and nourishing relationships at work.
The book Radical Candor has a wonderfully succinct description about “bringing your whole self to work”. It is important we find courage to be our real selves at work – embracing our weaknesses and strengths, living life for who we truly are.
I feel fortunate to work for a company that has brutal honesty as a core value, yet also recognises that we are all imperfect beings who are not able to live this 24/7, sometimes failing and other times forgetting. A company that consciously rewards this core value within its teams.
It struck me that this is exactly what Dabhade ‘Sir’ has done all his life and perhaps that is what made this low-key event so special. A room at our workplace was being named after a special individual who had figured out the road to success and happiness, as defined by him.
What a lovely gesture by the team which will also remind us daily that the secret of success, happiness and our wellbeing rests in being brutally honest and living our own truth daily.
Ravin Mirchandani is the Chairman and Director at ADOR
Ador CCTV Cameras were in the news recently after the Hyderabad Police installed them to monitor the large crowds on the occasion of the Ganesh festival.
Made in India and designed for the unique weather conditions (extreme temperature both high and low) as well as the impact of dust and heavy rainfall, the specialised long distance cameras by ADOR are also being deployed in critical defence and surveillance applications.
It all began in 1989 when I joined here as a Trainee Engineer. A fidgety curious student, my very first role had to be a testing-cum-customer-care engineer; and it went on for 3 whole years. Arming me with technical, industrial and professional expertise; what I learnt in those years no words could ever convey! Like a true tenderfoot, I rolled from department to department, function to function and across various levels; beginning from Panel Engineering and gradually moving onto Transformers as well.
For about almost a decade, HVR Engineering was my home and final inspection and testing my forte. Come 2006 and HVR Production beckoned me this time! Taking me from just-an-engineer to everything that I could lay my hands on, I was feeling pumped-up, alive and kicking! I mean, I was getting paid to play, experiment, learn and grow in the verticals that I chose to work in and was allowed to shift whenever I wanted. How cool is that?
It definitely made me the man I am today. I'm now showcasing my skills in the traffic sector - a whole new exciting world for me. I'm often asked by my kin "What does Ador mean to you?"; Ador still means family to me! It's the people that makes an organization and Ador is made up of eternally youthful people who make me feel at home! But there's a difference now. Even though I've worked here for ages - today it feels like I am truly helping to Change the Face of India.
This being my very first job, there are so many factors which made working at Ador special for me. Apart from an excellent atmosphere to learn, there's no such thing as a hierarchy here. The bosses are professional yet amiable and excellent mentors at the same time. Every single person is easily approachable and we gel so well together as a team.
Working as a Leader Engineering - Traffic/Clean Air, there are two words I'd like to use to describe my job profile - Open and Flexible. I've been shifting my roles across verticals and rotating my job (which is quite rare in the industry); and I feel that I've got immense learning exposure and potential to perform whatever the task thrown at me. The hallmark of my profile are challenges and variety which provided me tremendous satisfaction and an adrenaline rush like nothing else.
"Throw me to the wolves and I'll come leading the pack. I'll surely make a comeback, As a leader of the whole pack! Cuz there's a secret of yore, That strengthens me evermore -By the name of Ador."
Despite being an electronic engineer, I handle the mechanical part too, due to which I'm compelled to go back to the books! The curve goes like this: learning - satisfaction - new opportunities - excitement and then learning again!
CHANGING THE FACE OF INDIA
Everyone dreams of it but here at Ador I get to do it hands-on! It's a nascent concept and we've just scratched the surface, but the pace and the path of our work makes me swell with pride! Ensuring that every citizen reaches home safely, I feel captivated of the enormous help we're providing the government through the Smart Cities Project.
Deploying our VMS products is just the start. I have a magnificent vision for Ador. Concentrating more on innovative solutions, I believe we should probe deeper into effective road safety and corporate social responsibility. I aim towards Ador being invited by the Road Congress and achieving such a recognition that Ador becomes synonymous with Road Safety!
Apart from growing on completely indigenous resources, we should encourage greater employment too. Working at Ador has impacted my life in a wonderful way! I look into the mirror every morning and ask myself one question: " Would I like to switch this for anything else?" And the answer is No!
I have a well-balanced personal and professional life, I have an amazing job. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
The significant economic growth that India has experienced over the last ten years has led to an enormous strain on the traffic infrastructure, often causing congestion and peak hour stress. Ador's world class traffic VMS systems help city and highway authorities communicate critical messages that allow commuters to preempt, prevent and prepare for traffic congestions.
Every day about 53700 vehicles are registered on Indian roads. Continuing economic growth and prosperity has resulted in more vehicles and consequently bottle necks and traffic congestion in major cities. Infrastructure investment challenges and unique cultural implications (extreme weather, literacy, inadequate infrastructure, safety) have posed unique obstacles in the way of seamless traffic flow in India.
Ador has indigenously developed an VMS product line which can be mounted on road gantries as well as mobile-trailer based units that can be often moved between various areas prone to congestion.
The VMSs are used by city and highway authorities in various parts of the city to communicate traffic congestion, planned or existing road closure, road works, PWD works, religious processions impacting road traffic, accidents, flood warnings etc.
This video in Marathi with English subtitles is part of a series of four films on our Core Values @ Ador and covers the journey of one of our team members - Anil PAWAR, describing how "Fighting for Every Inch" has allowed him to find success. Don't forget to follow us on YouTube.