Tuesday, November 16, 2021

‘We have the tech capability to spot rogue drones’, says Happiest Minds after delivering India’s first airspace map for drones

The government of India recently introduced an online airspace map for drones, which is available on the DigitalSky website, to help citizens know where they can fly their drones and what paperwork is required to fly drones in certain areas. As part of the “liberalised Drone Rules, 2021”, the DigitalSky platform, developed and hosted by Happiest Minds Technologies, is primarily meant for providing information and registering new drones manufacturers and operators in India. Having said that, the company informed that it is technologically capable of aiding law enforcement agencies in spotting rogue drones or drones that are flying without registration on a real-time basis.

Aurobindo Nanda, president-- Operations & Deputy Chief Executive Officer, PES at Happiest Minds in conversation with The Times of India--GadgetsNow said, “Right now we are providing the technology required for registration of drones and operators along with the other aspect of DigitalSky platform. We are working as per the guidelines of the government and we are delivering what the government wants from us. We are technologically capable to provide better support and more digital help to the government if demanded in future.”

As one of the key tasks of the DigitalSky platform is registration of drones and operators, the next obvious question that arises is what happens to users who are not following the rules and fly drones (beyond the permissible limits) without the correct paperwork?

Replying to this concern, Nanda explained, “The new drone rules are relaxed and most civilian drone pilots will not need any paperwork. But we can’t rule out any possibilities”.

For those unaware, remote pilot licence is not required for micro drones (for non-commercial use) and nano drones. Also, as per the new rules, no requirement for security clearance before issuance of any registration or licence.

Talking about whether Happiest Minds will be in a position to provide support to spot rogue drones, Nanda said, “ We have the technical means to spot unidentified drones flying in the air, violating rules, and provide real-time information about its location to law enforcement agencies. If there’s a demand (from the government) then we are technologically capable to provide such support.”

15/11/21 Debashis Sarkar/Times of India

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