COVID 19: An Indian drone company is leading the way for disease control measures

Marut drones was founded by IIT Guwahati Alumni. Marut is using techniques like
IoT, AI, Data Analytics and Machine Learning to the nascent Drone Industry in India.

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in India, it is becoming tougher for the healthcare personnel to individually locate every single person and testing them. The pace of testing in India is very slow and it needs special intervention like drones to speed up the process. Moreover, the increase in exposure to frontline workers is another worry that the policymakers need to tackle.

Marut drones have developed technology that can provide five essential services to the government. These services will help the fight against COVID-19 effective, efficient, fast and with less exposure. 

Disinfection and sanitisation

  • It can disinfect large-scale public spaces like airports, SEZS, warehouses, parks, railway stations, etc. 
  • Drones cover 50 times more area than traditional methods.
  • Tried and tested at the Mukarampur area of Karimnagar District, Telangana. Marut Drones disinfected the District Collectorate, Municipal Corporation, District Hospital, Bus Station, Auto stand, Markets, Police Commissionerate and Rythu Bazars.
  • Reduces workload from Sanitation Workers and reduces the risk of them being infected and becoming transmitters of infection.

Movement and tracking

  • Drones are fitted with cameras and speakers
  • Drone Patrol Teams can remotely control any unwanted gatherings, by using the camera.
  • Speakers are used to making announcements and warnings, regarding COVID-19 and/or the curfew.
  • Reduces workload from Police and Patrol Officers – who are on the ground- and reduces the risk of them being infected and becoming transmitters of infection. ​

Thermal Analysis

  • Drones calibrated with infrared cameras that will test temperature measurements
  • Installed cotton swab within the field of view of the thermal camera so the camera can get an accurate reading.
  • Used for random checks of areas to see if there is a concentration of humans that have a high temp., as fever is the most common symptom of COVID-19
  • Allows for a better understanding of the extent of the COVID-19 spread

*Note: this solution is not designed to be used for standard medical procedures and data needs to be reverified with manual methods before taking any action. ​

Medical Delivery for critical supplies

  • Fully automated drones, equipped with Obstacle Avoidance and Advanced Navigation Technology
  • The drones cover a distance of 12 Kms in 8mins
  • 80 times faster than traditional delivery methods
  • Evades wastage of medical resources and provides attainable healthcare to every citizen ​

Real-time Drone Surveillance

  • Drone Patrol Teams can keep a track of people through installed cameras on drones
  • Ensured surveillance of citizens, who are expected to stay at home
  • Will help in heavily quarantined areas
  • Reduces risk of patrol teams coming in contact with the virus ​


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Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma finished his B.Sc (H) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in Chemistry. After that he went to England to study Masters in Polymer Material Science and Engineering from University of Manchester and consequently finished his PhD in Nuclear and Materials Chemistry from University of Manchester

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