Published On:April 20 2019
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Tokyo-based Terra Drone inks pact with IIT Hyerabad to set up CoE for drones.

Terra Drone Corporation, a Tokyo-based industrial drone solutions provider along with its subsidiary Terra Drone India has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT-Hyderabad to co-establish a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Unmanned Aerial Solutions (drones) here.

According to a press release by Terra Drone, under the MoU, the Japanese company and its Indian subsidiary would offer a complete sales-service-support module for the drone ecosystem in India and is actively working to implement unmanned traffic management (UTM) for drones for various government departments.

Director of IIT Hyderabad, UB Desai said, “We are creating a unique educational ecosystem that combines interactive learning with cutting-edge research, strong industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship. This pact with Terra Drone Corporation and Terra Drone India is a step in that direction.”

“We are especially excited about developing drone-based solutions for domains like 5G communication, agriculture, transportation and AI,” he said.

The tripartite agreement was signed earlier this month when Desai visited Tokyo, it said.

Terra Drone would support Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad to organise workshops, seminars, lectures, and joint projects that leverage cutting-edge unmanned technologies and drone LiDAR systems.

As one of the key players in the Indian drone industry, Terra Drone India would also offer internship programs to talented students and prepare them for real-world technology applications.

Toru Tokushige, CEO, Terra Drone Corporation, said, “Drones can solve complex business challenges in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner. As the world’s fastest-growing major economy, the potential for commercial drone market in India is huge.”

“By co-establishing a Centre of Excellence for Drones in India, we will be empowering young professionals and strengthening the future of the industry,” he said.


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