IVA: Experience is the biggest investment in this Kerala deep-tech startup

Amid all the youthfulness Kerala’s vibrant startup ecosystem exudes, a company helmed by a group of seasoned professionals has found a solid ground, making strong footprints in the all-challenging deep-tech industry.

Incubated under the Kerala Startup Mission, International Virtual Assistance Pvt Ltd (IVA), based in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, recently bagged the title of “Best Research Company in AI” at the 4th edition of the Global Artificial Intelligence Summit and Awards (GAISA) 2024. 

With this, IVA became the only company from Kerala to have received the global award in all four editions of GAISA, jointly hosted by the All India Council For Robotics & Automation (AICRA), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Director General of Civil Aviation and Centre for Joint Warfare Studies. 

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The company started its operations in 2019 with an innovative human health monitoring system for which won an ideation grant from the Kerala government. Later the company forayed into aerospace and defence with AI research and developments centred on digitising the high-profile domain. 

“IVA maintains a strategic academic partnership with premiere Indian institutions such as IITs and NITs to ensure a cutting-edge technology advantage. In 2021, we launched our flagship product DataCivet in the Gitex Supernova Challenge, held in Dubai, where IVA was the only AI-based company in India to be shortlisted. DataCivet was initially a data management platform and it was later expanded into a digital twin platform. It is now utilised in research and development organisations in defence, for developing aircraft engine health monitoring solutions,” Suresh Kumar S P, the company’s chairman, told Onmanorama. He joined IVA after retiring from DRDO’s gas turbine research establishment as associate director. 

Thiruvananthapuram native Aji Soman is the founder and chief operating officer of IVA. He comes with 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business management. Dr Roy George, professor and chair of cyber-physical systems at the University of Atlanta, is the director and chief scientist at IVA.

The research and development works of IVA on defence and security address challenges in industries similar to aerospace, by developing cost-effective and resource-efficient ‘digital twins’.

A digital twin is a virtual model of a physical object, system, or process, created by integrating data from various sources like sensors, across the product life cycle. It enables the development of a real-time health and usage monitoring system preventing unscheduled downtime in operational environments. 

“IVA’s product, DataCivet, aims to address the absence of such solutions in India by providing an indigenously developed digital twin infrastructure promoting human resource-efficient digital twin development. It is highly cost-effective and customizable to meet specific needs. Data is entirely stored and processed in India maintaining compliance with Indian regulations,” Suresh Kumar said.

Through AI-enabled farming in collaboration with the Kerala Agriculture University, IVA also promotes sustainable farming by ensuring efficient resource supply to plants in the agricultural environment. IVA has also diversified its technological reach into the industrial security ecosystem, with its advanced video analytics platform, with features such as accident detection and prediction of accident blackspots, for which the company bagged the runners-up title for the Delhi Police Open Innovation Challenge by AGNIi Mission. In addition,  IVA was featured for its exemplary use of AI Technologies to revolutionize Kashmiri Carpet Weaving with a mission to preserve the cultural heritage of India.

The company has a 27-member team. It is poised to expand into other major sectors, aiming for comprehensive industrial digitisation to meet the standards of Industry 4.0/5.0. The company intends to diversify and amplify its research and development endeavours within the key major industries like aerospace, oil & gas, healthcare, maritime and defence in the global market in the forthcoming year. The company has yet to explore external investments.


Job Title: UI/UX Designer

Job Description:

The UI/UX Designer plays a pivotal role in the development and enhancement of digital products and experiences. They are responsible for crafting intuitive and visually appealing user interfaces while ensuring seamless user experiences across various digital platforms. Key responsibilities include:


  • Conduct user research to understand behaviors, needs, and pain points.
  • Create wireframes and prototypes for design visualization and iteration.
  • Design visually engaging user interfaces aligned with application/brand guidelines.
  • Define and implement interactive elements and animations for improved engagement.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to conduct usability testing and analyze results.
  • Ensure designs adhere to accessibility standards for inclusive experiences.
  • Document design requirements through user personas, flows, and specifications
  • Stay updated on industry trends and emerging technologies for continuous improvement.
  • Incorporate feedback from users, stakeholders, and team members to refine designs.


Additionally, familiarity with accessibility standards (such as WCAG) and experience in creating accessible designs is highly desirable. The ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams, excellent communication skills, and a keen eye for detail are also important qualities for success in this role. Here are the key requirements for a UI/UX designer we are looking for:

UI Design Skills: Proficiency in visual design principles, including layout, typography, color theory, and iconography, to create visually appealing user interfaces.

  • UX Design Skills: Understanding of user-centered design principles, information architecture, interaction design, and usability best practices to create intuitive and efficient user experiences.
  • Design Tools Proficiency: Mastery of design tools such as Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, or Adobe Creative Suite for creating wireframes, prototypes, and high-fidelity designs.
  • Problem-Solving Abilities: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify user needs, pain points, and opportunities for improvement and translate them into effective design solutions.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication and collaboration skills to effectively communicate design concepts, rationale, and solutions to cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Empathy: Empathy towards users to understand their perspectives, emotions, and behaviors, and advocate for their needs throughout the design process.
  • Prototyping and Wireframing Skills: Proficiency in creating low-fidelity wireframes and high-fidelity prototypes to visualize and iterate on design concepts and user flows.
  • Frontend Development Knowledge: Basic understanding of frontend development technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to collaborate effectively with developers and ensure design feasibility.
  • Attention to Detail: Strong attention to detail to ensure consistency, coherence, and accuracy in design assets, specifications, and documentation.
  • Adaptability and Openness to Feedback: Willingness to adapt to changing requirements, receive constructive feedback, and iterate on designs based on user feedback and stakeholder input.
  • Continuous Learning: Commitment to continuous learning and staying updated on the latest trends, tools, and technologies in UI/UX design to enhance skills and capabilities.

Joining our team as a UI/UX Designer offers an exciting opportunity to work on challenging projects where you can leverage your technical skills and creativity to craft exceptional digital experiences. With a collaborative environment and a focus on innovation, you'll have the chance to contribute to meaningful projects that impact users. If you're passionate about design, eager to learn and grow, and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced setting, we welcome you to join our team and be part of our journey to create cutting-edge digital solutions.

Send Your CV @ hr@ivasystems.com

Job Title: Quality Control Engineer (Web Application Development)

Job Description:

We are seeking a skilled Quality Control Engineer to join our web application development team. As a Quality Control Engineer, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality and reliability of our web applications by implementing and executing comprehensive testing processes. You will work closely with developers, product owners, and stakeholders to identify and resolve any defects or issues, ensuring the delivery of high-quality and bug-free web applications.


  • Develop and implement quality control processes and procedures for web application development.
  • Collaborate with the development team to understand project requirements and translate them into comprehensive test plans and test cases.
  • Conduct functional, integration, and regression testing of web applications to identify any defects or issues.
  • Perform manual testing of web application features, functionalities, and user interfaces.
  • Develop and maintain automated test scripts using testing frameworks and tools.
  • Execute test cases and document test results, defects, and any issues encountered during testing.
  • Collaborate with developers to investigate and resolve reported defects and issues.
  • Perform cross-browser and cross-device compatibility testing to ensure consistent performance across different platforms.
  • Conduct performance testing to identify and address any bottlenecks or performance-related issues.
  • Collaborate with product owners and stakeholders to ensure that the web application meets the desired quality standards.
  • Participate in design and code reviews to provide quality-related feedback.
  • Stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in web application testing and quality control.


  • Proven experience as a Quality Control Engineer or similar role in web application development.
  • Solid understanding of web application development principles, methodologies, and technologies.
  • Experience in developing and executing test plans, test cases, and test scripts.
  • Proficient in manual testing methodologies and techniques.
  • Familiarity with automated testing frameworks and tools (e.g., Selenium, Cypress, or similar).
  • Experience in cross-browser and cross-device compatibility testing.
  • Understanding of performance testing methodologies and tools (e.g., JMeter or similar).
  • Knowledge of version control systems (e.g., Git) and issue tracking systems (e.g., JIRA).
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies and practices.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and isolate defects and issues.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or a related field is preferred.
  • Relevant certifications in software testing or quality assurance are a plus.

Join our team and contribute to the delivery of high-quality web applications. Your expertise in quality control and testing will play a critical role in ensuring the reliability and performance of our applications, leading to a seamless user experience for our customers.

Send Your CV @ hr@ivasystems.com

Job Title: Front End Developer

Job Description:

We are seeking a skilled Front-End Developer to join our team and contribute to the development and maintenance of our web applications. As a Front-End Developer, you will be responsible for implementing user interfaces and ensuring the overall performance and user experience of our applications. You will work closely with our back-end developers and designers to create seamless and visually appealing web solutions.


  • Collaborate with the development team to translate requirements into user-friendly and responsive web interfaces.
  • Implement web designs using HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap, ensuring cross-browser compatibility and responsive design.
  • Develop dynamic and interactive user interfaces using JavaScript and TypeScript.
  • Integrate REST and SOAP APIs to connect front-end components with back-end services.
  • Utilize Angular and AngularJS frameworks to build scalable and efficient web applications.
  • Familiarity with Razor syntax and its implementation in ASP.NET Core 6.
  • Implement AJAX and jQuery functionality to enhance user experience and interactivity.
  • Familiarity with additional frameworks like VUE.js is considered a bonus.
  • Optimize web performance by addressing issues related to load time, caching, and code optimization.
  • Conduct testing and debugging of web applications to identify and fix any issues or bugs.
  • Collaborate with the team to ensure version control and maintain a streamlined development workflow.


  • Proven experience as a Front-End Developer or similar role.
  • Proficient in ASP.NET Core 6 for web development.
  • Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap for responsive web design.
  • Solid understanding of JavaScript and TypeScript.
  • Experience with REST and SOAP API integration.
  • Proficient in Angular and AngularJS for building web applications.
  • Familiarity with Razor syntax in ASP.NET Core 6.
  • Working knowledge of AJAX, jQuery, and additional frameworks like VUE.js is a plus.
  • Understanding of responsive design principles and cross-browser compatibility.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to troubleshoot and debug web applications.
  • Proficient in version control systems, such as Git.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or a related field is preferred.

Join our team and be a part of a dynamic and innovative organization, where your skills and expertise in front-end development will contribute to building cutting-edge web applications.

Send Your CV @ hr@ivasystems.com

Job Title: Backend Developer

Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced Backend Developer to join our development team. As a Backend Developer, you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the server-side logic of our web applications. Your primary focus will be on building scalable and efficient APIs, integrating with front-end components, and ensuring the overall performance and reliability of our applications.


  • -Design, develop, and maintain server-side applications using ASP.NET Core 6 and MVC framework.
  • -Write clean, efficient, and well-documented code using C#, Entity Framework, and SQL Server.
  • -Integrate REST and SOAP APIs to establish communication between different parts of the application.
  • -Ensure responsive design and cross-browser compatibility by implementing appropriate server-side logic.
  • -Optimize web performance by addressing issues related to load time, caching, and code optimization.
  • -Conduct testing and debugging of backend components to identify and fix any issues or bugs.
  • -Implement and maintain version control systems to track code changes and collaborate with the team.
  • -Write unit tests to ensure code quality, reliability, and maintainability.
  • -Apply object-oriented programming principles, design patterns, and software architecture concepts.
  • -Demonstrate understanding of lean programming and solid principles to build scalable and maintainable code.


  • -Proven experience as a Backend Developer or similar role.
  • -Strong knowledge of ASP.NET Core 6 and MVC for web development.
  • -Proficient in C#, Entity Framework, and SQL Server.
  • -Experience with REST and SOAP API integration.
  • -Familiarity with responsive design principles and cross-browser compatibility.
  • -Understanding of web performance optimization techniques.
  • -Solid testing and debugging skills to identify and resolve issues.
  • -Proficient in version control systems, such as Git.
  • -Experience with unit testing frameworks.
  • -Strong understanding of object-oriented programming, design patterns, and software architecture.
  • -Knowledge of lean programming and solid principles for building scalable and maintainable code.
  • -Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • -Strong collaboration and communication skills.
  • -Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or a related field is preferred.

Join our team and work on challenging projects where your expertise in backend development and strong understanding of software architecture will contribute to building robust and high-performing web applications.

Send Your CV @ hr@ivasystems.com

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The Indian Defence Research Development Organization, one of our principal clients, and IVA have been collaborating closely to handle theoretically challenging and cross-disciplinary challenges in the areas of signal processing, computer vision, and machine learning