DRONES CONTINUE TO BE THE CENTER OF THE TECH WORLD
Nausheen Shehnaz

The CIA first used an unmanned predator for killing on 4th February 2002, which is now widely known as drones. Drones have been in the tech world ever since. Within a decade, drones have managed to make it to the billion-dollar industry. But drones were almost unheard of in India, until, Gaurav Mehta with his co-founder Rahat Kulshetra started Quidich Innovation Labs which happens to be India’s only drone manufacturing organization to fly all 360-degree rigs. In an interview by Entrepreneur India, Gaurav Mehta said, earlier, the only way to get an aerial shot was with the help of a helicopter which had its own logistics drawbacks and was not economical. Drones on the other hand are comparatively cheap and also reduce survey time. Quidich has been at the forefront of taking big leaps in filmmaking, sports, surveillance, geological mapping and urban mapping.

Being the first of its kind, Quidich has provided live aerial services across the P1 PowerBoat Racing Champion, FIH Hockey World Cup 2018 and IPL 2018, 2019. The company has also digitized over 200 telecom towers and takes up a new project every 3-4 months. The company initiated building an end-to- end workflow for vertical asset inspection to contribute to the dream of Digital India. Starting from data collection, defect identification, digitization and report generation, the startup delivers extremely accurate data, build efficiency and reduces accidents.

The company has been looking for ways to expand its business globally, and is keen on partnering with ICC World Cup. The startup has also been using Qrius, the buggy cam, to cover live matches, which helps increase the quality of the shots. Post Amazon’s announcement of its Prime Drone Delivery feature, the drone manufacturing industry, has more opportunities to increase its business in the near future. Considering the recent draft regulation for drones released by the Indian government, the regulatory challenges against drones are high. In a report by Entrepreneur India, Mehta stated that, the increasing regulations by the Ministry of Civil, against the technology is a drawback and could also kill an upcoming technology like this. He also suggests that instead of adopting a more permission intensive system, we need to adopt a more information intensive system that could benefit the consumers and also the producers.

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