Start-up battles Corona Virus with Drones
Updated: Apr 9
Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Managing Director of city-based Garuda Aerospace, has put his drones to innovative use to sanitize public areas. Agnishwar, a resident of Kotturpuram, is working in collaboration with the government doing pilot studies on spraying disinfectant with Garuda's drones on the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, as also Ripon Building that houses the Greater Chennai Corporation, and others, under Directions of Health Minister Vijay Basker.
Garuda has manufactured and serviced drones for several government departments in Tamil Nadu, like forests, electricity, police, mining, agriculture, Indian Coast Guard and others. The company had earlier used drones to spray pesticides on farmland, and it suddenly occurred to him to use them to spray disinfectants also, he said.*Tamil Nadu was the 1st State in India to use Drones* for disinfecting areas surrounding Hospitals, Substations, Government Offices and High-rises. The company with 300 drones, 500 pilots are conducting spraying operations in 26 cities across India, says Agnishwar.
A drone could cover 20 km distance compared to a human's 4-5 km within a specific time and a fleet of 300 drones can cover 6,000 km linear distance in a day. Productive use of technology to reduce the risk of sanitation workers getting exposed to deadly COVID-19.
"We have been approached by states like Kerala, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh. We have 300 drones now, but we will need more as the current demand is growing," added Agnishwar.