Kolkata, 30 September 2023: In a visionary move towards embracing cutting-edge technology, the City of Joy, Kolkata, is set to revolutionize urban landscapes with the integration of drone technology. This innovative step is poised to bring forth a plethora of benefits for the public at large, heralding a new era of efficiency and safety in various sectors.
The integration of drones into Kolkata’s infrastructure will be spearheaded by Skye Air, a pioneering entity specializing in aerial technology solutions. Working hand-in-hand with regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, and other authorities, Skye Air is poised to ensure that drone flights are conducted in a manner that is safe, reliable, and consistent with all pertinent regulations.
The event, held on September 27th, 2023, at Hotel Taj Vivanta, EM Bypass, Kolkata, showcased the technological benefit enabled by Skye Air Mobility, India’s leading SaaS-based autonomous logistics solution provider. The event was graced by Shri Debashis Sen, Chairman of NKDA and Managing Director of West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corp Ltd, and Capt. Eshaan Khullar, AVP-Business of Skye Air Mobility Pvt Ltd.
With this pioneering technology, the region is set to become a trailblazer in utilizing drone technology to enhance deliveries and bolster security against aerial infiltration.
This day heralds a new era in drone technology deployment across diverse sectors such as construction, agriculture, healthcare, defense, infrastructure, surveying, real estate, and transport.
Incorporating drone deliveries into daily operations promises transformative benefits. These include significantly reduced delivery times, particularly critical in emergency healthcare situations, where timely access to life-saving medicines and supplies is paramount. Additionally, replacing traditional delivery vehicles with drones will reduce carbon emissions, aligning with sustainability goals. Businesses can expect substantial cost savings in logistics, enhancing profitability.
Another notable highlight is the Skye UTM, a state-of-the-art cloud-based aerial traffic management system capable of handling up to 4,000 flights per hour and 96,000 flights per day. Skye UTM provides situational awareness, autonomous navigation, risk assessment, and traffic management for all aerial mobility operators.
Ankit Kumar, Founder & CEO of Skye Air Mobility, emphasized the significance of real-time situational awareness and the efficiency of drone deliveries, stating, “In a world where speed and precision are paramount, the need for drone deliveries cannot be overstated. We are enabling precise, efficient, and secure drone deliveries that will revolutionize various industries. Whether it’s delivering life-saving medical supplies or reducing delivery times for businesses, drones are the future of logistics.”
Shri Debashis Sen, Chairman of NKDA, echoed his enthusiasm for the Skye UTM, saying, “This project is a significant step towards enhancing the security and efficiency of aerial operations in New Town Kolkata. It will not only facilitate innovative deliveries but also secure our skies against unauthorized infiltration. By incorporating drone deliveries into our daily operations, we can ensure faster, more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solutions.”
The demonstration of Skye UTM showcased its capabilities, including support for over 300 successful Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights and a comprehensive 3D view of the drone airspace. The system captures more than 255 parameters of UAV movements, providing real-time UAV movement data to operators.
The City of Joy’s adoption of drone technology represents a significant leap forward in urban innovation. By harnessing the potential of aerial technology, Kolkata is poised to unlock new possibilities in various sectors, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.