India’s first underwater robotic drone EyeROV TUNA was handed over to Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This underwater drone will be used by NPOL for research and development activities which in turn would result in commercial product for defence purposes.
EyeROV TUNA has been designed and developed indigenously by Kochi-based start-up IROV Technologies Pvt Ltd (EyeROV). It is smart micro-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) or underwater drone. It design is at par with global standard and has operational capabilities to work in harsh and mission-critical underwater environment.
It is designed to perform visual inspection and surveys of submerged structures up to depth of 100 metres. It can be-controlled using laptop or joystick. It is fitted with camera that helps to give live HD video feed of the submarine environment.
It is also equipped to perform variety of functions, including inspection of ship hulls, undersea cables or bridge moorings, fish farms, dams, port structure and bridge foundations and also in various underwater research operations. Its commercial use will eliminate need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers
IROV Technologies Pvt Ltd
IROV Technologies Pvt Ltd is backed by Kerala Start-Up Mission, oil and gas firm BPCL and Department of Science and Technology. It has been founded by Johns T Mathai, an IIT-Delhi alumnus and Kannappa Palaniappan P (IIT-Madras). The company also has mentors and advisors who were earlier with DRDO, Indian Navy and marine industry. It is now incubated at Maker Village, Kochi, an initiative of Union Government and Kerala Government.