The Drone Industry in India has recently flourished due to various uses in Defence sectors along with civilian and commercial organisations. One of the major Defence Laboratory in India DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation has invested greatly in the Research and Development of Drones with a focus on the needs of Indian Defence scenarios.
Drone Startups in India
Modern drones are accessible to all, and the market is now full of brilliant flying machines. It makes choosing pretty tough, but if you're looking to buy a drone, then you have to do thorough research on the functionalities and features of the drone.
Drones are of major use in:
- Assisting aid agencies during humanitarian crises and disaster management,
- monitoring wildlife activity, animal tagging and conduct anti-poaching patrols,
- helping farmers with their fields with a simple bird's eye view of their field,
- providing a new perspective to journalists.
Thus, there is a huge spike in the use of drones in sectors like GIS Mapping, Topographical Surveys, Industrial inspections, Powerline inspections, pipeline inspections, railway line inspections, etc.
Here is a list of the Top Drone Startups in India which have gained acceleration in the past few years:
1. Aarav Unmanned Systems
Founders: Vipul Singh, Yeshwanth Reddy, Suhas Banshiwala and Nikhil Upadhye
Founded in 2013
AUS builds autonomous drones that come with ease of operation and can be operated by any user without any specialized training. AUS is the undisputed leader of commercial drones in India as it has served key players across private and public sectors. Aarav Unmanned Systems has also developed and designed Nayan, a quadrotor for developers and researchers.
AUS claims to be performing 3D mapping & Image Processing, precision agriculture, geographical mapping and survey, aerial photography, disaster/event management, and defence surveillance.
2. Aero 360
Founders: Pragadish Santosh
Founded in 2017
Aero 360 provides end to end drone solutions for enterprises including Turnkey services, Drone tool kits, Data Processing and analysis, Training and consulting Drone repair services. Aero 360 also provides high-resolution aerial images & videos to enable better scoping, assessment, planning, surveying, design, inspection & maintenance decisions.
Also provides extensive local support for repairs & maintenance through our network of drone repair centers for your Drones. The company also provides solutions including data acquisition, processing, and analysis globally through our Pilot Partner Network & Centralised Data Processing for your projects.
Founders: Ankit Mehta, Rahul Singh, Ashish Bhat, and Vipul Joshi
Founded in 2007
IdeaForge was founded in 2007 by Ankit Mehta, Rahul Singh, Ashish Bhat and Vipul Joshi and is engaged in the development of unmanned aerial systems that offer usability to user-centric innovations and designs. The organization is also a licensed manufacturer of UAVs approved by the Ministry of Defence. IdeaForge also provides the flexibility to customize products for an array of requirements.
Its first product, Netra, is a man-portable autonomous UAV for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance of moving and fixed targets. It also offers Netra V series autonomous and a man-portable small unmanned aerial vehicle that weighs less than 3 kgs.
4. CRON Systems:
Founders: Tushar Chhabra, Saurav Agarwal and Tomer Ktzenellebogen
Founded in 2015
A defense technology startup, Cron Systems was founded in the year 2015 by Tushar Chhabra and co-founders Saurav Agarwal and Tomer Ktzenellebogen, which builds Multi-sensor enabled intrusion detection systems and drones, and perimeter defence equipment. It is a leading provider of sensing products and perception software that brings vision to UAVs, automobiles, mapping, security, and other industries to enhance situational awareness.
Indian Border Security Force also installed several Cron laser walls along borders to keep a vigil on intrusion attempts across Indian borders. Cron also holds top strategic partners and investors which includes YourNest Venture capital, Techstars Adelaide, and Cisco Launchpad. CRON systems offerings also include the Kavach series of advanced multi-sensor scanners and SenseEdge perception software.
5. DeTect Technologies:
Founders: Daniel Raj David, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, Tarun Mishra and Krishnan Balasubramanian
Founded in: 2016
DeTect Technologies was founded by Daniel Raj David, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, Tarun Mishra, and Krishnan Balasubramanian in the year 2016 in Chennai with a vision of providing infrastructure services to the industrial sector including drone-based monitoring of critical infrastructure.
The company focuses on developing products that help in predicting the maintenance of oil and gas pipelines and predicts leakages. DeTect also develops a semi-autonomous drone called Noctua for inspection of boilers and other O&G components.
6. Drone Tech Lab
Founded in: 2014
The company Rchobbytech Solutions Private Limited, has been greatly functioning and is excelling by offering outclassing products and services. The company manufactures Agricultural Drones, Pesticide Spraying Drones, Crop Monitoring Drones, Surveillance Drones, Drones Camera, and Photography Drones.
Being a service provider, the company has gained expertise in offering Drone Manufacturing, Aerial Photography, Surveillance Drone, and Digital Photography services to customers. The company has also gained expertise in offering Drone Manufacturing, Aerial Photography, Surveillance Drone, and Digital Photography services to customers.
7. Indrones Solutions
Founded in: 2015
The company provides intelligent data using drones. Data collected from a drone’s view using required sensors help you to take a necessary decision about your construction project, industrial premise, historical architecture, the agricultural field, or any other land. Indrones solutions also like to consider UAV as a tool that can be used, by the soldiers to gather real-time situational awareness, by a surveyor to get better data, by a farmer to assess the crop health, by film-makers to bring in shots that were never possible before.
While being a revolutionary tool, UAVs also need to be easy to use, affordable, and most importantly, reliable, and safe. The sensors in drones can estimate dimensions like breadth and height of any structure like a water tank or warehouse giving us an approx idea about the volume.
Are drones allowed in India?
UIN for drones mandatory: No drone can be owned or operated in India unless it has been allotted a Unique Identification Number (UIN), which will be issued by the DGCA.
Is drone camera banned in India?
According to India's national aviation authority, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, flying a drone is legal in India, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
Are drones worth buying?
If you wish to enhance your photos and/or videos, are looking for unique ways to simplify the way you do business, or are just searching for a fun weekend project, then a drone may be worth your time and money. The decision to purchase your very own drone can be difficult, especially if you're on a budget.
Do I need license for drone in India?
All drones except those in the Nano category must be registered and issued a Unique Identification Number (UIN). A permit is required for commercial drone operations (except for those in the Nano category flown below 50 feet and those in the Micro category flown below 200 feet).
Innovation has made us believe that great things can happen and will happen. People around the world are innovating new and exciting things that will make our lives easier. Every entrepreneur has a firm belief to make this world a little better. This has led to some of the exciting and emerging innovations. Drones are one of them. Be ready to get a parcel delivered to your doorstep by a drone in the future. Isn't it exciting? This has given rise to a lot of startups that investing their time and energy in making wonderful drones. Let's wait and watch what new device or machine gets innovated in the future.
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