Press & Media

Gujarat police deploys four NETRAs to keep an aerial watch over protesters in GMDC grounds and oversee traffic arrangements.
The Times of India – 25/08/2015

NETRA assists central paramilitary forces in securing Naxal-hit areas ahead of assembly elections.
Jagran – 25/08/2015

Aerial imagery by NETRA boosts NDRF’s (National Disaster Response Force) efforts to gauge the extent of destruction and initiate search for survivors in the recent earthquake in Nepal.
Sakal Times – 07/06/2015

India tops list of drone-importing nations, reiterating the need for indigenously developed UAVs like NETRA, which is currently employed by the armed forces for reconnaissance, surveillance and rescue operations.
Business Standard – 04/05/2015

Minister of state for civil aviation endorses drone usage for commercial applications in India. NETRA could be deployed for crop surveillance, livestock management and other civilian applications soon!
Livemint – 11/4/2015

Delhi police turns to NETRA to help combat crime in the city! A customized version of NETRA, best suited for an urban landscape sets up vigil in North Delhi’s crime prone areas. Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will access the video footage for real-time monitoring and swift action!
NextBigWhat – 21/1/2015

NETRA steals the show at the ongoing 4th India Engineering Expo, capturing the imagination of hundreds of students who were visibly excited to see the “3 Idiots Drone” in person!
Gulf News India – 19/12/2014

The Central Government approves IdeaForge’s FDI proposal for a 17.04 percent foreign share.
Press Information Bureau Government of India – 01/12/2014

IdeaForge has created a niche market for itself in the UAV segment by catering exclusively to DRDO, security and paramilitary forces.
Business Line – 14/11/2014

Mumbai police uses NETRA to provide an aerial view of crowd movement during idol immersions at Ganesh Chaturthi! 10/11/2014

Indian police forces are tying up with tech-based start-ups like IdeaForge to make use of innovative technology in traffic, crime and rescue departments.
The Economic Times – 28/10/2014

IdeaForge plans to market its drones to international aid groups soon; CEO affirms that the company would not manufacture military drones deployed in airstrikes.
Bloomberg Businessweek – 23/10/2014

On the occasion of NSG raising day, NSG commandos display mock anti-terrorism drills and deploy the UAV NETRA showcase their anti-hijacking skills!
Press Information Bureau Government of India – 16/10/2014

IdeaForge seeks NRI investment with a proposed foreign share of 17.04 per cent. FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) will consider the proposal at its meeting on October 21.
The Hindu BusinessLine- 12/10/2014

NETRA impresses Kolkata police department with its service exhibited during the Chatterjee building fire and Durga puja surveillance. The department has accelerated plans to acquire a second UAV soon!
The Times of India – 16/09/2014

Gujarat police deploys NETRA for crowd control management during a public fair at Ambaji. NETRA would play a pivotal role in ensuring law and order at the week-long fair which attracts millions of visitors from across the state!
Business Standard – 05/09/2014

The Economic times lists IdeaForge among upcoming players in the Indian UAV market, set to grow to $33.5 million by 2019!
The Economic Times – 21/08/2014

NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) uses NETRA to map out cracks and leaks on hills surrounding the landslide site at Ambegaon. This is the second time NETRA has been successfully used by the NDRF since its induction into the force last year!
The Times of India – 04/08/2014

NETRA has been roped in to monitor lanes and alleys of UP to keep a check on the riot-hit Saharanpur area. – 28/07/2014

The IdeaForge success story inspires a new generation of students at IIT-B to work on autonomous underwater vehicles! (AUVs). Following the lead of their seniors, the students plan to showcase their AUV at a global robotics contest!
Fundamatics – 18/07/2014

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) are in the process of securing NETRAv2 for monitoring and disaster management operations. Real time aerial videos will help security forces combat the terrorism threat that the temple faces.
The New Indian Express – 04/07/2014

NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) deploys NETRA to scout for bodies of Engineering students who drowned in river Beas in Himachal Pradesh. NETRA will provide real-time images of the entire surface of the river.
Himachal Watcher – 14/06/2014

NETRA sends signals to NDRF (birf Disaster Response Force) indicating the presence of two bodies of Engineering students drowned in Beas. NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) vice president expresses confidence in NETRAs ability to locate bodies floating or stuck amidst rocks underwater.
The New Indian Express – 13/06/2014

SiliconIndia lists IdeaForge among top 5 companies to watch out for in the drone technology business!
SiliconIndia – 21/04/2014

IdeaForge CEO Ankit Mehta expresses confidence in the usage of UAVs for scanning dense forestry to locate a man-eating tigress in the Himalayas.
Aljazeera – 11/03/2014

NETRA V2, a mini-UAV made by IdeaForge receives a notable buzz at the DRDO pavilion at Defexpo! The device can be manually transported and used in a variety of critical situations like counter-insurgency operations, border management, hostage situations and so on.
Business Standard – 08/02/2014

IdeaForge co-founders Ankit Mehta and Vipul Joshi share interesting insights on their success story and their vision to take NETRA to the next level! – 07/02/2014

IdeaForge CEO, Ankit Mehta speaks about exciting possibilities for UAV usage in crop monitoring, aerial photography, product delivery and other commercial applications.
Livemint – 28/01/2014

DRDO, the R&D wing of the ministry of defence showcases NETRA in its Republic day parade contingent! NETRA was developed jointly by IdeaForge & DRDO.
DRDO – 23/01/2014

Mumbai police deploys NETRA for crowd monitoring and aerial surveillance of pressure points during BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in BKC.
DNA – 24/12/2013

Home ministry deploys NETRA to secure assembly elections in south Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, notorious for being a Maoist stronghold. Half a dozen NETRAs have been put to use to aerially monitor and send real-time intelligence, which will aid in planning of operations and deployment of more than 50000 security forces.
The Times of India – 02/11/2013

Kolkata state police express interest in engaging NETRA to monitor Maoist-hit Jangalmahal regions. The decision is partly influenced by positive feedback of the drone used earlier by Kolkata police in Durga puja surveillance!
Hindustan Times – 17/10/2013

Kolkata police acquires NETRA for aerial monitoring during Durga Puja. Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha expresses interest in procuring more UAVs soon!
The Times of India – 09/10/2013

Sikkim’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) demonstrates NETRA to senior government officials, East District Administration, senior police officials and members of TAAS. DIT Principal Director, Rajesh Verma recommends UAV usage for locating lost mountaineers, monitor landslide prone roads, border control and so on.
Sikkim Now – 13/09/2013

Kashmir police and CRPF jointly operate NETRA ahead of Independence Day in Srinagar! NETRA will contribute significantly to existing security measures in place in the Kashmir capital, following leads on militant threat perceived prior to I-Day.
freepressKashmir – 14/08/2013

Enspace, a magazine with a vision to promote entrepreneurs and their inspiring journey from inception to commercialization, covers the IdeaForge story in their first edition!
Enspace – 30/07/2013

Gujarat police acquire NETRA for the 136th edition of the Jagannath Rath Yatra! NETRA will man the security of the pilgrims from the skies, giving a bird’s eye view of the area to the police department.
The IITian – 24/07/2013

IdeaForge is looking at introducing a leasing and servicing model to cater to areas like pipeline monitoring, aerial photography, map generation and other commercial applications! – 19/07/2013

Sub-Inspector with the technical team gives an account of his experience in handling NETRA, which is being deployed for the first time by the Gujarat police!
The Indian Express – 14/07/2013

Joint Director of Research and Development Establishment (DRDO) and head of the robotics division, Alok Mukherjee speaks encouragingly about the increasing scope for NETRA in light of it being recently acquired by Gujarat police for Rath Yatra.
Sakal Times – 11/07/2013

NETRA keeps a vigil in the sky as Narendra Modi flags off Jagannath Rath yatra in Gujarat! The UAV provides aerial surveillance and digital photographs of the procession for enhanced security.
The Economic Times – 10/07/2013

Twitter News: Indian politician and retired police officer Kiran Bedi recommends NETRA to all police forces for aerial surveillance!
Twitter – 07/07/2013

Ahmedabad is the first Indian city to make use of NETRA for crowd management! The UAV will add value to existing technology based solutions like CCTV networks that are already in place to combat crime in the city.
The Economic Times – 07/07/2013

NETRA aids in locating survivors of the flood and landslide disaster in Uttarakhand. The UAV operates successfully even under low visibility conditions brought on by thick fog and poor GPS signal connectivity.
Deccan Herald – 25/06/2013

In a bid to ensure the rescue of every survivor in the inaccessible areas of Kedarnath, the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) flew three UAVs including NETRA over the valley. Images beamed back by the UAVs were examined in real time to re-align search strategies.
The Times of India – 25/06/2013

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deploys NETRA for search and rescue operations in remote areas, scanning for survivors of the Uttarakhand tragedy. Ajay Chadha, ITBP chief expects to deploy two more UAVs from IdeaForge upon improvement in weather conditions.
The New Indian Express – 25/06/2013

IdeaForge co-founder Amardeep Singh joins a team comprising a former army captain, an engineer and a helicopter pilot to initiate NETRA into the rescue teams scouting for survivors in the Uttarakhand tragedy.
The Telegraph – 24/06/2013

An event management company approaches IdeaForge to airdrop beverage cans on the audience! Ankit Mehta, CEO IdeaForge talks about reliability and safety concerns for deploying drones in public areas.
Mind your business – 15/06/2013 interviews IdeaForge CEO Ankit Mehta about the challenges and merits of embarking upon the entrepreneurship journey at the college level. – 10/06/2013

Chief Minister Narendra Modi appreciates NETRA displayed to him during the Gujarat Day function! Deputy Inspector General of Police acknowledges NETRA to be one of the most technologically advanced aerial surveillance systems available in the market.
The Indian Express – 14/05/2013

IdeaForge CEO Ankit Mehta acknowledges the crucial role played by SINE, the incubation cell at IIT-B which serves to give an initial push to budding entrepreneurs in campus.
The Telegraph – 18/04/2013

Mumbai police plan to use NETRA to keep watch on vulnerable spots on New Year’s Eve! A police official highlighted situations in the past where NETRA was deployed successfully and stated that the device would be helpful in terror surveillance as well.
The Times of India – 31/12/2012

News release issued by Government of India for milestones in R&D (defence) in the year 2012 lists induction of UAV NETRA into the CRPF among laudable achievements of DRDO!
Military & Aerospace Electronics – 18/12/2012

NETRA impresses Mumbai police with its movement and manoeuvrability features! Camera resolution of NETRA will be customized based on the requirement specified by the Mumbai police.
Hindustan Times – 1/10/2012

Ashish Bhatt, co-founder IdeaForge receives the ‘Young Indian Leaders’ award presented by IBN Network!
The Hans India – 30/8/2012

IdeaForge successfully demonstrates NETRA to Mumbai police at Raj Thackeray’s mega rally! The police department recognizes NETRAs potential to aid in locating and identifying miscreants in the city.
Ruvsa – 22/8/2012
NETRAs high definition camera helps the CBI ascertain extent of wreckage brought on by illegal mining in Madhya Pradesh.
Firstpost – 08/05/2012

The CRPF successfully tests NETRA in the jungles of Bijapur! The UAV will help forces map out Naxal hideouts in reconnaissance operations.
The Times of India – 05/04/2012

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was given a demonstration of NETRA at the inauguration of CPRF IED Management School in Pune! – 23/02/2012

NETRA, known to the masses as the ‘UAV from 3 Idiots’ makes its way into the paramilitary forces! The BSF (Border Security Force) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are using the drone in counter-insurgency operations.
Hindustantimes – 31/01/2012

DRDO conducts flight trials of mini and micro air vehicles integrated with critical components like autopilot and thermal camera indigenously developed by Ideaforge!
The Economic Times –25/01/2012

NETRA takes a leap from prototype to production stage! DRDO transfers technology and establishes rate contract for the product.
Sakal Times – 06/01/2012

Micro-UAVs like NETRA to provide NBC reconnaissance to thwart covert methods of warfare.
The Times of India – 03/01/2012

As part of a 500-crore unmanned vehicle project for the Indian army, DRDO is pushing NETRA into production stage. Successful trials in adverse conditions have proved NETRA to be well suited for recce and surveillance operations in paramilitary applications!
The Times of India – 20/12/2011

Chandigarh police set to acquire NETRA to bolster surveillance capability! Chandigarh administration will have the final say.
The Indian Express – 17/10/2011

VTOL (Vertical take-off and landing), Bluefire autopilot: the smallest and lightest autopilot at the time, and fail safe modes make NETRA stand out from the nearest competition in their size range. – 01/07/2010

Ashish Bhat, co-founder IdeaForge develops the world’s smallest and lightest autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle!
DNA Analysis – 04/04/2010

Night-operability of NETRA makes it a sought-after machine among paramilitary forces for surveillance purposes. Defence forces are also interested in an indooroperable version of the UAV. – 11/02/2010

Ankit Mehta, CEO IdeaForge talks about the scope for tremendous growth in the homeland security market in the wake of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. NETRA, with applications in anti-terrorist operations, counter-insurgency and border management would play a crucial role in defence operations soon!
The Economic Times– 18/12/2009

IdeaForge uses in-house autopilot technology to create Carbon, the world’s lightest and smallest possible UAV currently in use. The technology is being used by DRDO to manufacture NETRA, a mini-UAV for defence purposes like surveillance, reconnaissance and so on.
MIT Technology Review – 11/12/2009

Senior scientists of LRDE and team IdeaForge carry out test flight of Micro Air Vehicles developed jointly by them. The vehicle will undertake scouting operations to combat insurgents as well as rescue missions during calamities.
Times News Network – 08/08/2009

IdeaForge demonstrates NETRA UAV during the 67th Assam Police Day celebrations. Assam police have started the process of acquiring NETRA for surveillance and operational purposes.
Telegraph India