Skylark Drones, a Bengaluru-based tech startup in the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) segment, will raise its first round of funding later this month. While the company declined to reveal the amount and the investors involved, it said orders have been bagged from mining companies in Odisha in a major breakthrough for the firm. It is also in talks with Nabard to survey agriculture land using drones.
Skylark offers solutions like mining inspections, aerial land surveying and even advertising using the drones. But commercial use of drones is still not permitted in India.
‘Skylark’ was founded in 2014 by two RV College of Engineering graduates, Mughilan Thiru Ramaswamy and Mrinal Pai, who are in their early 20s. They have developed over 15 drones and have clients such as Bengaluru City Police, Indian Army’s Assam Regiment, Redbull. Confirming the talks regarding the funding, Ramas-wamy said, “With the funding, we plan to expand operations and hire people with expertise in computer science, electronics, global information system and business development.”
The city police have been using drones developed by Skylark to manage crowd during events such as Dussehra, Eid and New Year. The drones capture the events live using a camera attached to it and livestreams it, which the police use to monitor the situation and maintain order. The founders also had the novel idea of using drones to transport live hearts, instead of blocking traffic and carry it during rush hours. Other startups in the segment include Garuda Robotix, Air Pix, IdeaForge and Edall systems.