Amit Kumar Sinha


From quick deliveries at rush hour to scanning an unreachable military base, drones are proving to be extremely beneficial in places where man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner. Highlighting this, Amit Kumar Sinha, Director, Information Technology and Development Agency, Uttarakhand, spoke at the Elets India Transformation Summit.

Sharing his perspective, Amit Kumar Sinha, Director, Information Technology and Development Agency, Uttarakhand highlighted the significant works his department has been doing in this domain.

“When the cloudburst occurred in Kedarnath and the entire stretch of settlements around Gaurikund and Rambada submerged in the flood, carrying out rescue operations became extremely difficult. To escape torrential rain, people had climbed up to the ridges where they died of hypothermia. We were flying helicopters in the valley looking to save people and we had no idea that they had climbed to the ridgetop. So, in those cataclysmic times, we desperately felt the need of having drone-related technology. If drones were available with us, our rescue operations would have been much more effective and we could have saved a lot of people,” he said.

“Kumaon hills and Garhwal hills are the steepest hills in India with difficult terrain. As a result, when we would throw food packages from the helicopter, they would not reach the people and slip through slopes into the waters,” he added. Sinha mentioned that they were aiming to create one drone-training centre in each district of Uttarakhand and would train the polytechnic students for the same. He said the move would create jobs and enhance income generation in the region.

Listing out various features and applications of drones, he said, “Apart from reducing workload and cutting on production costs, drones also help in improving accuracy, refining service and customer relations. Its use in addressing the security related lapses is very critical. Today, it is being used in resolving security issues on a vast scale worldwide. The drone industry has been exponentially growing by leaps and bounds and offers huge promise. The sector has got huge potential, scope, and scale of global reach.”

“Whether drones are controlled by a remote or accessed via a smartphone app, they possess the capability of reaching the most remote areas with little to no manpower needed and require the least amount of effort, time, and energy. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are being adopted worldwide, especially sectors involved in Military, Commercial, Personal and Future Technology,” he said, adding “smart drones with
built-in safeguards and compliance tech, smart accurate sensors, and self-monitoring is the next big revolution in drone technology that would provide new opportunities in transport, military, logistics, and commercial sectors,” he added.

Sinha said that today, drones are being used in logistics, transportation, healthcare, agriculture, tourism etc. “But even after all this, we are only at the tip of the iceberg. We need to go deeper as drone technology offers endless possibilities,” he concluded, adding that “with time, it will further evolve and its utility and use will become more handy and impactful.”

 

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