It is easy to buy drones and fly them but to make them do things you want them to do needs brains or an operating system and logic.
It is easy to buy drones and fly them but to make them do things you want them to do needs brains or an operating system and logic. To make the drones work for you or for commercial applications you need a hardware and software platform. At present, there are only three to four companies across the globe working in this space.
Pune-based start-up NavStik Autonomous Systems has created a platform, Flyt OS and FlytPOD, for commercial drone applications comprising software and electronics. Founded three years ago by IIT-Bombay alumnus Nitin Kumar Gupta, NavStik is hoping that its Flyt will be for drones what Android is for phones.
“The drones available in the market are not customizable and we provide a programmable platform to customize them to meet different requirements,” Gupta said. Commercial drone application is the fastest growing segment in the drone business while military application and demand for hobby pursuit is also growing, Gupta said.
NavStik already has 40 customers that includes DRDO, IITs, IISc, HAL and customers across 10 countries in the research area. NavStik has now developed its product for commercial applications. This will help drone product companies as well as drone service companies to customize their offerings for diverse applications such as photography, delivery, agriculture, surveys, disaster management and policing among others.
NavStik won the startup shootout at the PuneConnect 2015, a platform to showcase startups, held in Pune on Saturday. They emerged victors at a TiePune event recently. NavStik received angel funding from the NCL Venture Centre, an incubation centre hosted by CSIR’s National Chemical Laboratory and with these.
According to NavStik estimates, three million commercial drones worth $1.5 billion will be sold in 2015 and this will grow to $10 billion in ten years.