IITKGP develops automated drones for surveillance and disaster management operations


A research group from IIT Kharagpur has developed an autonomous unmanned aerial dronefor surveillance and para-dropping. Following the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the group led by Prof. Sudip Misra at the Smart Wireless Applications & Networking (SWAN) laboratory of the Institute have designed and prototypeda completely indigenous drone ‘BHIM’ with advanced features such as aerial surveillance, para-dropping of emergency supplies and post-disaster rescue operations. To couple with these features, the innovation has brought down the cost of the drone by about 30% compared to development cost of those available in the market.

The drone will typically find its application in aerial surveillance of areas with remote access. The most attractive feature of the drone for which it was named ‘BHIM’ is its ability to maintain long flight times and drop emergency supplies accurately