EyeROV TUNA India's first underwater robotic drone

EyeROV TUNA India’s first underwater robotic drone

EyeROV TUNA, India’s first underwater robotic drone

India’s first underwater robotic drone which can send real-time videos of ships and other underwater structures to help with their repair and maintenance, was launched on September 14, 2018 and handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO.

The first commercial Remotedly Operated Vehicle (ROV)/underwater drone, named EyeROV TUNA, was developed by EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Kalamassery-based Maker Village, Kochi.

The EyeROV TUNA is a smart micro-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) or underwater drone, at par with global standards, and with operational capabilities in harsh and mission-critical underwater environment. EyeROV is designed to perform visual inspection and surveys of submerged structures as a cost-effective underwater rover that works up to a depth of 100 metres. It can be e-controlled using a laptop or a joystick. A camera fitted on to the underwater drone, gives a live video feed of the submarine environment. The product is equipped to perform a variety of functions, including inspection of ship hulls, fish farms, dams, port structure and bridge foundations.
The company is bidding for various defence projects and has received its first order from NPOL, where the drone is expected to help the Laboratory in research operations. The first drone is being handed over the NPOL today (Friday, September 14) evening. The product is also useful in various underwater research operations and is expected to be sold to research institutes in this field, said Johns T Mathai, founder of the company.

FEATURES OF EYEROV TUNA

  • The robotic drone, developed by Johns T Mathai and Kannappa Palaniappan P of EyeROV Technologies, can be navigated up to a depth of 50 metres to take real-time HD video images to examine ship hulls or undersea cables or bridge moorings, eliminating the need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers, the release said
  • The remotely operated underwater vehicle, EyeROV TUNA, weighs less than 10 kilogram and can be used for inspection of ship hulls, ports, dams and nuclear power plants
  • EyeROV is a light rover which can be easily accessed and controlled with the supporting attached and connected hardware such as laptops and joysticks

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