Aviation is what fascinated Ritesh & Biswajit right from their childhood days. Passion turned into an entrepreneurial idea when they met in Kolkata after completing their graduation. Ritesh hailing from management background brainstormed the possible ways to solve present day limitations in agriculture, industrial areas like mining, oil, gas pipeline including defense and Biswajit graduating from aeronautical background with experienced earned from Indian Army during his training period in Officers Training Academy, Chennai thought about how aerial automation or less ground human intervention can increase productivity in any sector. They pitched this idea in a national business competition organized by TATA First Dot and National Entrepreneurship Network. When the idea was selected as India’s Top 25 Innovative Ideas, it fueled them to execute the idea. Fast forward thirty six months since the competition, the team has grown and they have organizations as DRDO, Indian Army, Merlin Group, National Informatics Centre as some of their major clients.
Actually they are removing human labour in Defence, Agriculture and Industrial Sectors by introducing Unmanned Systems to increase efficiency and reducing operational cost thus ensuring maximum productivity.
EduRade through its research and development wing – Drones Tech Lab is primarily engaged in manufacturing and supplying drones to farmers (with automated agriculture systems to monitor and develop their crops yields). They are also assisting in increase of quality crop production and thus generating greater revenue with lesser efforts in farming. Edurade is providing a platform for skill development of students and on-the-job training. They are addressing the problem faced in different sectors like agriculture, defense health and industrial applications with their automated drones. They are at present establishing India’s first Small drone R&D and manufacturing unit with DRDO and are working with INDIAN ARMY engineering units for development of combat and surveillance drones.
Challenges they are facing:
Unstructured Government regulations for drones.
Operating the aerial unmanned vehicles at unfavorable weather.
Sufficient funds for generating a faster growth.
The aerial unmanned systems that they design are fully controlled by software alone; no need to recruit, train and manage pilots. Software-controlled drones are safer, more reliable and offer an on-demand scalable solution at a much lower cost. Their vision is to provide customized solutions through unmanned systems with speed, accuracy, innovation and a resilient service ethic to government and private sectors.