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$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

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$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

India’s elite surveying organization Survey of India awards India’s first survey grade hybrid UAV Trinity+ order to India’s oldest surveying instrument company API-Roter Group partnered with Quantum-Systems GmbH Germany.

This cooperation is innovative for the Indian market as the drone market is tightly regulated and several requirements for professional use have to be met.

Survey of India” takes a leadership role in providing user focused, cost effective, reliable and quality geospatial data, information and intelligence for meeting the needs of national security, sustainable national development, and new information markets. As a technology, drones are of the highest interest in all these areas and promise an increase in data quality, timeliness and at the same time cost savings in the survey.

India takes this development seriously and will be a worldwide example for the sustainable use of drones in large scale mapping. Very soon Indian sky will be seeing a lot of Quantum-Systems’ Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) compliant Trinity+ UAVs flying.

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems GmbH)

Trinity+ prevails against the competition

In order to find the best system in the market for this application, a call for tenders was launched in 2018 to compete different systems against each other. The catalogue of requirements comprised numerous disciplines, some of which were specified by the state and others by the customer.

In a tightly scrutinized demonstration of the drones of 11 participating companies, Trinity+’s outshone the competition in performance, data quality and compliance to the regulations. Quantum-Systems GmbH and its Indian partner Ansari Precision Instruments are proud to have won the tender in the aggressive competition.

Trinity+ as a product is a superb example of Indo-German cooperation and a testament to German engineering and Indian skill and productivity. The drones are specially configured for the customer’s needs and equipped with additional features. Built under of the “Make in India” initiative the systems include state of the art integration of PPK system, navigation lights, GSM tracking and an unmatched flight time.

The UAVs are equipped with ADS-B technology by uaVionix for Detect and Avoid (DAA) functionality as well as for airspace awareness and Air Traffic Control (ATC) compatibility.  It allows the Trinity+ to respond to Mode S radar interrogations by ATC and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS).The flight control is compatible with the DGCA’s No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT) to implement secure flying of drones in India.

India is at the forefront in the use of UAVs

India is making great efforts to play a pioneering role in the promising fast-growing field of drone technology. Thus, the legal and structural framework conditions are currently being created to make the potential value of the technology truly usable and to offer the public direct added value.

In the future, drones will be used for mapping and producing geographical maps and aerial photographs. Deployments in large cities are also conceivable (cadastral surveying).

The resulting data sets are of great interest to all parties active in the region, as they can be used for spatial planning and development. Big Data applications in particular will enable completely new approaches to spatial development issues in the future.

The Trinity+ UAVs will be deployed in three states with the aim of flying throughout India.

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