An engineering college dropout, who teamed up with friends to design and make unmanned aerial vehicles, has volunteered his services to monitor Ganesh immersions to help authorities to better handle the crowds.
"We operated the drones during immersion at Girgaum and Dadar on Tuesday, the first day of immersion, and we were able to get good images with high-definition cameras atop the remote-controlled drone," said Mane.
Last month, the group conducted aerial photography of dahi-handi celebration, in Bandra (East). They undertook a bigger operation, working with volunteers engaged in relief work in Uttarakhand, helping find survivors and plan operations. Now, Mane says they can help with security and crowd management.
Mane, 22, who lives in Vikhroli, quit studies in the third year at VJTI.
It wasn't long before Mane had this big idea and got together with two friends to make drones. They pooled in a couple of lakhs of rupees and helped by an uncle who gave them space for an office in Belapur, completed the first air vehicle in July last year.
Their start-up, named Airpix, now has three such unmanned aerial vehicles that are better known as quadcopters. Airpix provides services to real estate firms, which find the cost very affordable as compared to that for hiring a helicopter for videography.
Drones are commonly used in the West for aerial photography and videography, but in
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