The Indian startup ecosystem is playing a pivotal role in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India. In order to reach this goal, several startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators are leveraging technology to come up with innovative solutions. The government has also been pushing innovators to come up with solutions for empowering the nation’s defence and security.
In November 2019, the Indian government said it is looking to fund at least 250 defence startups over the next five years in order to come up with new cutting-edge solutions for the armed forces. The Ministry of Defence has also earmarked Rs 500 crore for its innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative, launched in April 2018, to find new technologies to help the Indian armed forces.
Several businesses such as ideaForge, Tonbo Imaging, CM Environsystems, and VizExperts among others have taken up the onus and are coming up with cutting edge solutions for defence purposes.
YourStory lists five startups that are equipping the defence sector with deeptech.
The Indian armed forces and border security forces are guarding the nation from the frontline. They are working day and night in harsh climatic conditions, only to safeguard the country and its citizens from unwanted intruders.
Gurugram-based CRON Systems is developing IoT-based products to help the armed forces deploy border security solutions. Founded in 2015 by Tushar Chhabar, Farheen Ahmed, Tommy Katzenellenbogen, and Saurav Agarwala, CRON Systems initially began focusing on building laser walls for the Border Security Force (BSF). But it eventually expanded its products and services to include automation for drones, rovers, and a central dashboard to control the applications through the encrypted communication system miCRON.
According to reports, CRON System’s core product, the Kavach security system, includes a series of fence posts deployed at the borders. The posts operate on wireless networks and use multi-data beams, which are invisible to the naked eye. In case of any intrusion, the posts alarm the security personnel through sound and pass the information to the central control unit for the armed forces to take action.
After realising the lack of effective defence products, and in order to build these innovations, Tushar spent months at the border and began developing products around the Indo-Pak fence.