Tata Steel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drone startup Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS) to develop and offer end-to-end integrated drone solutions with a focus on efficiency, safety and productivity of open cast mining operations.
The company said in a statement that, the partners will also work to provide specialized drone-based solutions, including mine analytics and geo-technical mapping, to Tata Steel Group companies in various stock and mining locations in the country.
This is the second time that a Tata group company and AUS have partnered. Earlier, Tata Steel partnered with AUS in November 2021 to help its project team map the progress of the upcoming Kalinganagar expansion plant in Odisha.
The Bengaluru-based Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS) was founded in 2013 by Vipul Singh and Suhas Banshiwala, It is manufacturing commercial-grade drones and provides drone-based solutions for enterprise applications in mining, infrastructure, urban planning, irrigation, energy and agriculture. And its end-to-end solutions include a drone, an operator, and a cloud platform for data analysis.
It claims to be profitable since 2019 and was also among the three drone companies that were shortlisted by the government to map 600K+ villages of India.
“Tata Steel’s trust in us to create end-to-end solutions jointly with them, for the domestic and global mining industry, directly reflects on the vision we share and openness of a behemoth like Tata Steel to partner with a startup to derive the most effective solution”, said Vipul Singh, founder and CEO of Aarav Unmanned Systems.
“We are excited to work with AUS again, this time for a longer duration and with a broader vision of sustainable development,” said DB Sundara Ramam, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel.
He added, “We also intend to offer our learnings to the rest of the world’s mining companies as a professional solution from our fully owned unit, Tata Steel Industrial Consultancy Limited.”
The company said in a statement that it is looking to leverage the government’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” program by creating a sustainable mining business and regulatory changes to meet captive raw material requirements beyond 2030.
About Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS)
Aarav Unmanned Systems is a start-up that originated from IIT Kanpur in the year 2013 and is currently headquartered in Bengaluru. It manufactures survey-grade drones and provides drone-based end-to-end integrated managed solutions for applications in Urban planning, Industrial areas, Smart Cities, Micro-Irrigation, Watershed, Mining, Power, and Infrastructure.
AUS’s solutions are 10x faster & generate million times richer data, helping create insightful analytics so that businesses take well-informed decisions. Cost savings & revenue raise follow naturally.
Drone solutions at Aarav Unmanned Systems are constantly setting world-class tech benchmarks due to tremendous efforts in Design innovation, data analytics, and data democratization. Having served key players across the verticals, AUS is already the leader in the commercial drone space in India. Aarav Unmanned Systems has mapped more than 55 Lac Acres of area for different projects across India including 200+ Mines, 35+ cities, and 25000+ villages.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world’s most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.