Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-supported marine robotics startup EyeROV, which developed India’s first commercial underwater drone, has launched two products, besides netting a Pre-Series A Funding of Rs 3 crore in its fifth anniversary.
EyeROV got the investment from NIDHI Seed Support Scheme (Venture Centre Pune) by the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India; Kochouseph Chittilappilly, founder of V-Guard and Wonderla Group of Companies; and a few Angel Investors.
KSUM CEO Shri Anoop Ambika launched EyeROV’s new products—- EyeROV TURT and EyeROV iBOAT ALPHA— at Kerala Technology Innovation Zone at Kalamassery, here in the presence of the company’s founders Johns T Mathai and Kannappa Palaniappan.
EyeROV TURT is an advanced version rated to 200m and a payload capacity of 10 kg which will be used for advanced underwater operations. EyeROV iBOAT Alpha is an unmanned surface vehicle, which can navigate autonomously above the surface of the water and can collect various data like water depth and environment parameters etc. It is a safe and environment-friendly solution compared to diesel boat-based solutions.
The startup is planning to utilize the fresh funds for new product developments, market expansion and adding new Industry verticals, its founders said
EyeROV sells indigenously-developed underwater drones/remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) to defense, research, and disaster management organizations and also provides underwater inspection services using underwater robots/ROV to dams, bridges, oil and gas, ports and shipping sectors.
EyeROV TUNA, their flagship ROV, is being used by DRDO labs-NSTL, NPOL, Indian Coast Guard, CSIR-SERC etc. EyeROV has completed more than 50 underwater inspection projects across the country for BPCL, Tata, Indian Railways, Adani, NHDC, KNNL etc.
Founded in 2016, EyeROV focuses on providing safer and more efficient inspections using Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The startup also launched a sub-product, EyeROV NEOPIA, an underwater digital camera for underwater visualizations.
KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.
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