Kochi Based Innovations Startup Develops India’s First Underwater Drone

Megha Goswami

KOCHI:

India’s first underwater robotic drone developed at Maker Village here, which can send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures to help with their
repair and maintenance, was launched on Friday.

The first commercial remotely operated vehicle (ROV)/ underwater drone, Eyerovtuna, was developed by EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Maker Village which is the largest hardware incubator in the country. NPOL, a laboratory of Delhi-headquartered defence research and development organisation (DRDO), made the first order of the product.

The robotic drone,can be navigated up to a depth of 50 meters to take real-time HD
video images to examine ship hulls or undersea cables or bridge moorings, eliminating the need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers.

EyeROV, which was tested on India’s first solar ferry in Kerala’s Vaikom, offers high
manoeuvring capability at low cost and can be put to uses ranging from inspections of ship hulls, ports, dams and nuclear power plants, to search and rescue, naval mine detection and ocean studies.

The development of the product of EyeROV was largely supported by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) through various schemes.

About EyeROV Technologies

IROV Technologies is an Indian ROV (underwater drone) technology company
headquartered in the District of Ernakulam, Kerala, India. Its vision is to disrupt the underwater critical infrastructure inspections industry. EyeROV TUNA, first product – a smart and efficient micro-ROV(Remotely Operated Vehicle) / underwater drone is its first step towards its vision.

The company recently got recognition from BPCL Project Ankur startup scheme and Kerala Startup Mission Idea Grant Scheme.

The company is founded by Johns T Mathai, IIT Delhi & Kannappa Palaniappan P, IIT Madras Alumnus. Johns has worked in Samsung R&D Bangalore and Grey Orange Robotics for a span of 3+ years. Kannappa has Industrial experience working in Saint Gobain and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). The company also has reputed mentors and advisors from ex-DRDO, ex-Navy and the Marine Industry. The company is now incubated at Maker Village, Kochi an initiative of Govt of India and Govt of Kerala.

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