RaSpect is an AI-powered predictive inspection company for Architecture. By integrating IoT sensing technology and robotics system, the company aims to automate the process of data collection and standardize it to achieve remote detection and real-time monitoring. It further attempts to establish high-quality inspection of big data, cooperate with deep learning, image recognition, data model analysis, and other cutting-edge technologies to conduct early warning analysis for building safety. RaSpect can effectively assess the potential risks of architectural designs and calculate the degree of damage after a comprehensive analysis of the above data. The company promises that its solution not only provides more accurate detection and analysis than traditional methods but also saves more than 50% of time and cost. Its mission is to create a safer and smarter society through artificial intelligence detection technology.
An Insightful Leader with Audacious Spirit
“Be passionate and be embracing with the uncertainty“. It is a strong belief of Harris during his entrepreneurial journey. Harris Sun, CEO and Founder of RaSpect Intelligence Inspection Limited, believes in meeting challenges head-on and learning from them. As a serial entrepreneur and insightful leader in innovation, Harris is highly committed to getting things done and creatively solving problems. His passion and zeal for innovation, exploration, and entrepreneurship were recognized both locally and internationally with awards including UN-based World Summit Awards.
Harris graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor‘s degree in computer science and holds a Master‘s degree in computer science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His subordinates and colleagues speak highly of him and state that he never hesitates to help his team members whenever the need arises.
Propelling towards AI–Powered Age
RaSpect offers a fantastic smart city solution that significantly increases inspecting efficiency and accuracy while also reducing costs. Instead of Hong Kong‘s traditional inspection method of putting up expensive scaffolding to inspect a building‘s conditions, the company’s core technology, employs autonomous robots and state-of-the-art sensing technology to optimize the data collection, which is then put through the dual procedures of processing and analysis using applied algorithms. This model has been proven effective as it has been replicated for various properties and has garnered satisfaction among clients for its low–cost, short–timeframe, attention to workers‘ safety, and provision of a thorough inspection.
Instances of a Rewarding Career
The time Harris spent working in various startup companies after graduation prepared him for a rewarding journey of leadership. The experience he gained there bolstered his vision and drive for innovation and was instrumental in inspiring him to become a founding member of the innovation center in Cathay Pacific Airways. Several awarding committees have recognized his passion, and as a result, he was bestowed with the World Summit Award and Red Herring Award in 2019, to name a few.
Winning over Challenges
During the initial phase of this journey, Harris discovered that the public perception of building inspection was based on personal, visual, or manual experience. He found it challenging to open the reserved minds towards entrusting a machine for its accuracy and ability. Therefore, the RaSpect team focused on educating and showing the people how the company is capable of data capture and data analytics. After that, they enlightened the public mind by illustrating how RaSpect‘s techniques and services solved their problems and saved their money.
Attributes of an Exemplary Leader
Harris believes that an innovative leader should possess five essential qualities, viz., being trustworthy, committed, persistent, passionate, and courageous.
He says, “A good leader should be able to trust his members, who in turn would return the trust to their leader, thus fostering a strong team spirit.“ According to him, a good leader ought to be committed to setting goals that are aligned with an innovative and well-explored approach for everyone‘s benefit. This commitment must be accompanied by persistence to challenge and help the market. Finally, a good leader should possess a passion for exploring newer and better options while being courageous to face failure with grace.
Instilling Technology to Address Customer Expectations
RaSpect has developed its own patented AI-powered automated inspection solution, leveraging IoT, big data, AT, and computer vision technology. Harris informs that the company‘s solution is continuously being developed to achieve optimal results by its diverse team consisting of entrepreneurs, professors, PhDs in machine learning, computer vision, senior civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and a global R&D team.
Some of the company‘s outstanding list of solutions include,
Automated Data collection
Live data of building performance is collected via robotics and IoT. And continuous inspections are performed autonomously with limited human intervention. This solution reduces human errors and saves the hazards associated with inspection operations. It uses a drone is installed with HD camera and different types of sensors for inspection, namely infrared, sonar, and LiDAR sensor. By leveraging on the infra-red sensor, clients can detect the thermal change of the surface, like water leakage, surface cracking. They further use the sonar sensor to inspect the inner structure. 24×7 IoT Inspection collects live stream data for structural assessment, data-driven inspection, improved awareness of safety state.
RaSpect makes use of managerial science for the automatic positioning of data. Inaccurate data is automatically cleansed from the raw data to increase data quality.
The company‘s data analytics system comprises up of defects recognitions, thermal analytics, vibration analytics, ultrasonic analytics, and structural analytics for structural integrity assessment covers from planned-to-built, indoor-to-outdoor.
Balancing Disruptive Technologies with Dynamic Leadership
Harris acknowledges that the world is on the cusp of revolutionizing many sectors through artificial intelligence and data analytics. There already are significant deployments in finance, national security, health care, criminal justice, transportation, and smart cities that have altered decision making, business models, risk mitigation, and system performance. These developments are generating substantial economic and social benefits. Yet the manner in which AI systems unfold has major implications for society as a whole. It matters how policy issues are addressed, ethical conflicts are reconciled, legal realities are resolved, and how much transparency is required in AI and data analytic solutions.
“Human choices about software development affect how decisions are made and how they are integrated into organizational routines,“ expresses Harris. He asserts that it is crucial to understand how these processes are executed precisely, because they will have a substantial impact on the general public soon and for the foreseeable future. And it is also imperative since AI may revolutionary in human affairs and become the single most influential human innovation in history.
Envision Future Expansion
Harris is confident that RaSpect will continue to educate the market and pave its way to be the leading AI-powered inspection company in the world. At present, the company is looking towards expanding its horizons to other global cities including Dubai and Tokyo in 2021, and Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 2022. RaSpect aims to provide quality, cost-efficient, and sustainable service.
Advice for emerging business leaders
Harris‘ advice for emerging leaders is not to be afraid to challenge the norms and traditions of an industry. Let your entrepreneurial spirit continue to fuel your passion and hunger for your idea in the same way that your idea gives life to your entrepreneurial spirit.