ANRA Technologies, with the Swiggy on-demand delivery platform, has launched the first BVLOS drone delivery trials in India.
The first flight took off after months of planning, risk assessment, air traffic control integration, training and equipment preparation, according to a press release. Final clearance for the flights was given by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD), the General Directorate of Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
Flights will continue over the next few weeks, with the team delivering BVLOS food and medical packages with ANRA drones, using SmartSkies technology, to the districts of Etah and Rupnagar.
“As a pioneer in investing in technology and logistics with a dedicated delivery fleet, Swiggy has built a strong presence in hyperlocal delivery that goes beyond food to provide convenience to consumers,” said Shilpa Gnaneshwar, head of Swiggy’s main program, according to the statement. “With a growing number of technological innovations aimed at making the last mile journey easier and faster, it becomes natural for us to explore the latest avenues available to maximize the benefits for our consumers. “
Throughout the program, ANRA will lead two consortia. The first, focused on food delivery, is made up of partners Swiggy, the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (ITT Ropar) and BetterDrones. The second consortium includes ANRA and ITT Ropar and will focus on medical deliveries.
The ANRA SmartSkies CTR and SmartSkies DELIVERY platforms make BVLOS deliveries possible. SmartSkies ensures the execution and management of drone operations in controlled and uncontrolled airspace, ensuring the safety of India’s national airspace and seamless integration into the country’s legacy air traffic control systems.
“ANRA’s deep roots in India and my personal family ties make me particularly proud to have contributed at this historic moment for India, government stakeholders and our partners,” said the Founder and CEO of the ANRA, Amit Ganjoo, according to the statement. “Knowing our technology could soon help deliver food and medical packages to underserved populations is what motivates and unifies our team. “
The collected data and key lessons will be used to support the development of Digital Sky, India’s nationwide operational UAS (UTM) traffic management platform.
By the end of the program, consortium members want to better understand the tradeoffs between interoperability and open implementations and the specific technical integration requirements for the functionality. They aim to determine acceptable performance envelopes for latency, reliability, uptime and “near real time” aspects of communications. They will also seek to establish how other emerging standards, including Remote-ID and Detect and Avoid (DAA), can be integrated into the overall Digital Sky UTM framework.
“The recent COVID-19 has shown that the remote, unmanned delivery of essential items can not only be a usual business proposition, but can be a life-saving endeavor aimed at curbing infections in such emergencies,” he said. said Professor SS Padhee, responsible for the company. Relationship Unit, IIT Ropar, according to the press release. “IIT Ropar has already started efforts in this direction. I am sure that the current collaboration will result in the emergence of products and services with significant commercial and social impact.