On Wednesday, domestic company Tata Steel announced that it had signed a
contract with a startup from Bengaluru for drone-based mining solutions for
efficient mine management.
This collaboration’s main objective is to collaboratively develop and provide
integrated, sustainable solutions that are focused on the effectiveness, security,
and productivity of open-cast mining operations.
Tata Steel said in a statement that it has signed an MoU, i.e,Memorandum of
Understanding with Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS), which is a startup located
in Bengaluru that offers end-to-end drone solutions for efficient mine
Additionally, Tata Steel and AUS will collaborate to offer unique drone-based
solutions, such as mine analytics and geo-technical mapping. This will be offered
to all Tata Steel group firms operating in mining regions around India.
This is the second time an AUS firm and a Tata Group company have
collaborated. In order to assist its project team in mapping the advancement of
the future Kalinganagar Expansion Plant in Odisha, Tata Steel previously teamed
with AUS in November 2021. AUS had previously supplied mine assessments
and conducted drone surveys of Tata Steel’s mining leases.
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Aus is a company that builds commercial-grade drones and offers drone-based
solutions for business applications in mining, infrastructure, urban planning,
irrigation, energy, and agriculture. It was founded in 2013 by Vipul Singh and
Suhas Banshiwala. A drone, an operator, and a cloud platform for data
processing are all included in its end-to-end solutions.
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D B Sundara Ramam, vice president of Tata Steel’s Raw Materials division,
commented on the relationship by saying that “Digitalization enabled by drone
surveys and other technology will help in gaining important and useful data.” We
see promising potential in combining drone data and the right analytics to
redefine fundamental mining operations like exploration and mine planning.
These complete mining solutions increase productivity, efficiency, and site safety
while being cost-effective and requiring very little on-foot exploration.
The firm stated that it hopes to use the government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat
Programme’s chances and legislative improvements to build a sustainable mining
company that can provide captive raw material needs through 2030. It claimed to
have laid out its strategy to become a key participant in digitising its mining
activities throughout the value chain a few years ago.
According to the report, digitization enables the development of targeted
strategies using real-time data and data analytics, provides visualisation and
decision matrix techniques for predicting failures, improves planning and material
flow, and increases the capacity of minerals processing through online monitoring
of quality data.
Vipul Singh, the founder and CEO of Aarav Unmanned Systems(AUS),
commented on the collaboration: “Tata Steel believes in us for creating
end-to-end solutions in collaboration with them, for the domestic and global
mining industry.” It directly reflects on the vision we both share and also on the
forthrightness of a powerhouse like Tata Steel to partner with a startup to derive