April 21, 2019 | 9:05 PM IST

Kochi-based company develops India’s first underwater robotic drone

Technologies developed India’s first underwater robotic drone at Maker Village on Friday. A hardware incubator can send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures. The technology will help with repair and maintenance of underwater structures. The first commercial Remotedly Operated Vehicle (ROV) or underwater drone, EYEROVTUNA, is handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of Delhi-headquartered Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is said to be the largest hardware incubator of the country. The robotic drone can navigate underwater up to 50 meter deep and take real-time HD video images to examine ship hulls, undersea cables, bridge mooring, nuclear power plant naval mine detection, and so on. This will eliminate the costlier and riskier manual inspection process by divers. Kerala Start Up Mission (KSUM) largely supported the milestone development of EYEROVTUNA through its various schemes. The robotic drone is developed by Johns T. Mathai and Kannappa Palaniappan P. of EyeROV Technologies. The company has tested its development on India’s first solary ferry in Keralas Vaikom.

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