Off late there have been multiple reports of Unidentified Flying objects, speculated as alien activity on our planet, but are they? Probably not. This rather new phenomenon is nothing but UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or in layman terms— Drones. And here’s a team of extraordinarily talented engineers who are creating a buzz with their drones in Kolkata as well as the international ‘geek’ scene.
What is a drone?
What I, essentially, understand by drone is that it’s a hover platform. Now what is a hover platform? Well any flying object that can maintain a fixed point mid-air for a period of time is said to be hovering. And a hover platform allows you multiple applications subject to one’s requirements.
How can anyone get access to a drone? How much would it cost?
You can buy these drones online, and of course we are sellers ourselves and we can provide you with beginner kits that are available and quite easy to use. And the cost of drones ranges from ₹10000 to ₹60000 depending on functionality and complexity of features in the drone.
Tell us about ‘Dronotics’.
The history of Dronotics stems from the fact that we were, initially, a software development company incorporated in 2009; and in 2013 after a successful run in the software business, wherein we developed imaging apps for both android and iOS— it was a natural transition to move into the next level of imaging— an eye in the sky, giving the entire process of imaging a physical form.
THE SCIENCE OF DRONES
What inspired you to venture into this territory?
Well, I used to fly RC Planes at Race Course, and have always been fascinated with the idea of flying. But what really allured me towards the drone concept is that this is flying, of course, but you can control every aspect of its flying capability by a micro-computer which is essentially nothing but coding.
What is the market demand here in Kolkata? And what are the services that you provide?
I’m glad to say that the market is growing and I’ve been seeing quite a demand for drones over the years. Our clients are mainly from the real estate sector and there’s also a niche of customers who want drones simply because they’re passionate about it.
To summarize it, we basically cater to
- Aerial photography
- 3d mapping of any area, building, project etc
- Delivery services— though we haven’t offered it yet, but we’re working on it.