International Private Limited, a Paris-based company
was established in 1987 by Sharad Tripathi. It has two
branches in Bangalore engaged in the development of software
solutions to detect pollution contents in the air. It also
predicts future levels of toxic gases like CO, CO2, and
respective particulate matter in the air.
Panache, the software system developed by Transoft,
predicts and detects pollution levels. It is considered to be
the first of its kind and has been used world wide with
excellent results, according to Arun Murthy, International
Technical Co-ordinator of Transoft, Bangalore. Senior
marketing executives, R M Ashwin Kumar and S
Dasgupta in Bangalore along with other staff assist Arun
Murthy. In an interview to bangalorebest.com, Arun Murthy
spoke about how relevant this kind of software is to the
Indian industries and pollution regulatory authorities in the
How does the software Panache which predicts
pollution actually work?
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques to compute
3-dimensional wind field on complex terrain in the presence of
obstacles. It then computes numerically the spread of
pollutants emitted from single or multiple sources. It
includes models for fire, chemical transformations,
PANACHE is the only industrially
available CFD code in the market that takes into account all
topographic and meteorological parameters with the help of a
high precision numerical solver. Contrary to probabilistic
methods, PANACHE uses a deterministic approach that is
universal in application.
The common features offered
in all PANACHE models are as follows:
- The pre-processor has a built-in GIS (for environmental
and has the capability to import files
created by other GIS packages.
- The code takes into account complete topography of the
site to be
modelled, terrain undulations, water bodies,
any elevated structures for
- Multiple meteorological stations can be defined giving
representation of wind field.
- A major advantage of fluidyn package over other
is the simultaneous modelling of
multiple sources emitting multiple
- The software comes with built-in 3-dimensional graphic
for visualization of the results.
- Multi-view port facility is available to view the role
parameters at the same time.
- It provides a powerful tool to prepare slides and
How relevant is
your product to Indian industries?
an advanced software for air pollution prediction. It can
predict pollution levels due to industrial emissions,
vehicular pollution, etc.
It is an important tool for
Indian industries, particularly the polluting ones or those
handling toxic materials. The emissions from the stacks of
these industries if not checked and controlled will give way
for the pollutants to come back to our dining table from
nature. The environmental cells of the particular industry
can use PANACHE to predict pollution levels during different
seasons of the year and evolve measures to control it for
any expediency. PANACHE is also useful for environmental
impact assessment (EIA) studies mandatory for setting up a
new industry or for expansion of activities.
can predict, in real-time, the concentration levels of toxic
materials that are accidentally spilled into the atmosphere.
This helps in proper and quick planning of evacuation of
industrial personnel or people living in neighbouring areas.
PANACHE can predict consequences of fires both inside the
buildings/industrial units and on neighbouring buildings.
This helps in planning of building layouts and also in
installing proper fire-fighting measures.
It is also
very useful to:
- Regulatory bodies monitoring and controlling
- Organizations involved in research in pollution related
Name the clients who have bought and are using your
product, Panache, in Bangalore?
- Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
- Department of Metallurgy, IISc (Fluidyn-NS for fluid
Who are the potential clients (targeted) for this
- Heavy Industries like power, steel, cement,
- Process and Petroleum Industries,
- Government Bodies, Municipal Corporations, City
- Environmental agencies and consultants,
- Research and Development Institutions, Universities
Do you have tie-ups with other companies for
the development of the software?
We have collaborated
with several universities and research institutions in
Europe. A few of them are:
- Ministry of Environment, France
- University of Lyon, France
- Ministry of Transport, Japan
- University of Durham, UK
- University of Manchester, UK
What other areas
of environmental studies does Transoft focus on? And what
kind of software have you developed for these
Other softwares developed by Transoft
Fluidyn-PANAIR : Urban Air Quality
Fluidyn-PANEPR : Emergency Planning and
Fluidyn-PANEIA : Environment Impact
Fluidyn-PANTUNNEL : Dispersion and flow in
Fluidyn-PANMINE : Dispersion of radioactive
Fluidyn-Assess Risk : Risk analysis in
refineries and Petroleum Industries
Pollution in rivers, lakes, coastal
Fluidyn-POLLUSOL : Groundwater
Fluidyn-dB : Noise pollution (industrial and
What kind of response are you expecting from the
Indian market for the kind of software you have
We are targeting a growth rate of 70% in
the next 2 years. There are some criteria that mainly depend
on the governing bodies. Let me give you an example of the
Borough Councils in UK. The Councils have laid norms that by
year 2005 the air pollution has to be within limits and this
objective can only be achieved by computer modelling.
Transoft was awarded the project by many Councils and the
results from the work have being presented to the Councils.
The modelling activity helps the Council to take appropriate
steps towards control of pollutants.
What is the primary focus of your developmental centre
We are constantly upgrading the
software developed by us apart from new developments.
Presently, we are developing a model named "Super PANACHE"
which will have the capability for faster processing of
calculations, integration of sub-modules and focus on
What are the future software
packages that Transoft is planning? And is there anything
specific to the Indian market?
The thrust is more
towards renewable energies programme. The recent trend sees
many companies showing interest in setting up Wind Farms for
power generation. Transoft has recently launched
Fluidyn-PANEOLE for meso and micro scale analysis of a site
for micro wind turbines energy potential prediction. The
software offers wind turbine developers a reliable and high
precision tool capable of generating a wind field atlas for
wind turbine sitting. The software Fluidyn-PANEOLE has been
developed with active support from ADEME, the French
Ministry of Environment agency and EED (Espace Eolien
Development) to answer the requirements and specifications
of the upcoming wind energy sector.
What are the future expansion plans of Transoft in
Apart from operations in India,
France, UK, USA, and Japan, Transoft International will be
targeting customers in South East Asia, Middle East and
Australia. Bangalore will remain as the development hub for
Transoft and will also offer all support to these new
Arun Murthy can be contacted