Tata Steel in pact with drone startup AUS to create mining solutions

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    Tata Steel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bengaluru-based startup Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS) to create solutions for effective mine management.

    The companies will jointly develop and offer sustainable and end-to-end integrated solutions that will focus on the efficiency, safety, and productivity of open cast mining operations. 

    Tata Steel will also work with AUS to provide exclusive drone-based solutions including mine analytics and geo-technical mapping, to Tata Steel group companies across various stocks and mining locations in India.

    “We see enormous potential in redefining core mining processes such as exploration and mine planning using drone data and adequate analytics. These end-to-end mining solutions are economical, demand fewer on-foot exploration requirements, and improve production, efficiency, and site safety. We also intend to offer our learnings to the rest of the world’s mining companies as a professional solution from our fully owned unit, Tata Steel Industrial Consultancy Limited,” said D. B. Sundara Ramam, vice president, raw materials, Tata Steel.

    As per a vision document, Tata Steel aspires to become a leading player in digitalising its mining operations across the value chain. Digitalisation enables the development of targeted strategies using real-time data and data analytics, provides visualisation and decision matrix tools to predict failure, helps in optimisation of scheduling and material flow, and improves the capability of beneficiation plants through online monitoring of quality data. It also helps in improving productivity through real-time monitoring of equipment, plant and operator performance and sweating of capital-intensive mining equipment.

    AUS has been working closely with the steel sector behemoth to provide state-of-the-art drone technology to modernise its mining operations. The latest contract will focus on using remote mine monitoring to improve efficiency, safety, and productivity of the mines.

    “The accuracy, reliability and consistency of data is critical in the mining sector, and our solutions will be able to improve Tata Steel’s productivity & efficiency and contribute to modernize their mining operations. Tata Steel’s trust in us to create end-to-end solutions jointly with them, for the domestic and global mining industry, directly reflects on the vision we share and openness of a behemoth like Tata Steel to partner with a startup to derive the most effective solution,” said Vipul Singh, founder and CEO, Aarav Unmanned Systems.


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