ANRA-Led Consortia Receive Approvals to Operate Drones for BVLOS Operations

ANRA Technologies, a leading provider of end-to-end drone operations and traffic management solutions, today announced that the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has granted exemptions to two consortia led by ANRA Technologies to operate drones for BVLOS operations in the country. ANRA Technologies, the only company to receive approvals for both its consortia will initially focus on delivering food and other essential items in the cities of Ropar and Etah as part of this pilot program.

The ANRA-led consortia includes partners like Swiggy, one of India's largest online food delivery platforms. Also, the renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, as well as BetterDrones, a drone service provider, will collaborate in the endeavor. These BVLOS operations are scheduled to begin in mid-July, subject to easing of COVID-19 restrictions. India is looking at the operations as a way of fast-tracking its unmanned systems policy and preparing the local industry for a major push into the drone services segment globally.

"ANRA is honored to lead two consortia for BVLOS experimentation with partners that have commercial and humanitarian use cases to advance drone operations for India", said Amit Ganjoo, CEO at ANRA Technologies. "Our initial operations will focus on delivering consumable items on-demand to residents in and around IIT Campus in Ropar in partnership with Swiggy".

Swiggy customers can place on-demand orders for snacks, food items, beverages and other essentials using the Swiggy App powered by the SmartSkies™ family of UTM and drone delivery solutions. The solution allows for real-time flight tracking so customers know exactly when their delivery will arrive. Orders are immediately processed and delivered to the nearest launch site where the package is transferred to a drone and flown to a predetermined drop site within an eight square kilometer area. From there a Swiggy driver will make the final delivery by motorcycle to the customer's doorstep.

"It is by leveraging technology that Swiggy transformed the food delivery industry and made it a part of everyday urban life in India. As thought leaders in the space, we are constantly working towards pushing the envelope with technological innovations applied to deliver convenience at scale. ANRA's world-class domain expertise combined with Swiggy's deep market knowledge will enable the laying of groundwork for BVLOS operations for food delivery use cases. We believe that drone technology utilized to deliver consumer services will provide an unprecedented boost to the business while elevating the quality of life of urban consumers.", said Alok Jain, Entrepreneur in Residence, Swiggy

"IIT Ropar is proud to be associated with the initiative taken by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), India, which has granted permission to operate drones for BVLOS operations in the country. IIT Ropar will partner with ANRA Technologies who are leading two consortia aimed at package delivery. The recent COVID 19 has shown that remote and unmanned delivery of essential items can not only be an usual business proposition but can be a life-saving endeavor aimed at restricting infections under such emergencies. IIT Ropar has already started efforts in this direction. I'm sure the present collaboration will bring out products and services of significant business and social impact", stated S K Das, Director, IIT Ropar

"Betterdrones is excited about this upcoming opportunity, and we look forward to using our best endeavors to make sure that we will succeed in this challenge with flying colors", said Kanav Kumar, Business Head, Betterdrones

ANRA is honored to be a domain expert in supporting the development of India's nationwide operational UAS Traffic Management (UTM) platform called Digital Sky. This awareness of India's drone implementation efforts combined with being a global leader in UTM and Drone Operations Management capabilities, ANRA Technologies hopes to leverage its experience to:

All these BVLOS operations will be enabled by ANRA SmartSkiesTM CTR and SmartSkies™ Delivery platforms. A coordinated, scalable, and highly adaptable family of software services, SmartSkiesTM provides execution and management of drone operations in controlled and uncontrolled airspace, ensuring the safety of the National Airspace and seamless integration into the legacy ATC systems.

Additionally, ANRA has designed an innovative feature for secure two-way text communication between drone pilots and airport towers. Only authorized tower personnel will be able to communicate with drone pilots using SmartSkies™ technology, helping to improve coordination during emergencies.

The ANRA platform is designed to be flexible so it can evolve as the trade space changes and matures, allowing regulators to maintain its authority over the airspace while permitting industry to manage operations in areas authorized for UAS flight.

ANRA Technologies' integrated platforms enable your SmartSkies Delivery™ application to benefit from a broad suite of services to safely and efficiently grow your drone delivery business


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