Karnataka Government Hands Out the Largest Drone-based Land Parcel Mapping Contract in the World

Allterra, NeoGeo, and Aereo Combine forces together to win the world’s largest drone-based land parcel mapping contract from the Survey Settlement and Land Records Department of Karnataka.

The Geospatial organizations Allterra and NeoGeo collaboratively won the largest-ever drone-based Land Parcel Mapping contract through an open tender process from the Karnataka government. The project covers an area of 68,000 SQ. KM. and 10 complete districts in Karnataka – Gadag, Koppal, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur), Vijayapura (Bijapur), Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga). Both companies have chosen Aereo (formerly Aarav Unmanned Systems) as their technology partner for this historic project. This entire project will be done using Aereo’s state-of-the-art drone solutions.

This work envisages deploying approximately 60 survey-grade PPK drones to capture high-resolution images to generate maps with a resolution better than 5 cm per pixel. At full scale, the fleet of drones will be mapping an approximate area of 1,75,000 acres in a single day on average. Furthermore, the SSLR department will use these Ortho-Rectified Images (ORIs) to create digital land parcel maps. These digital maps will be critical for updating landing ownership records, ground truthing, and enabling infrastructure development across the state.

Allterra is a renowned brand in the geospatial sector with extensive experience in positioning technologies, including CORS and GNSS, and provides complete solutions in this field. Allterra provides innovative solutions in the field of survey and mapping by bringing the latest and most advanced solutions to the Indian market.

NeoGeo Technologies is one of the country's leading solutions providers in spatial data capture, data modeling, and applications, with over 20 years of experience in executing large government projects. NeoGeo has proven expertise and experience in developing and deploying accurate GIS mapping technologies.

Aereo is a drone solutions provider and has proprietary and cutting-edge technology. Over the past year, Aereo has successfully mapped over 25,000 sq. km. in Haryana. Aereo has built highly advanced intellectual properties (IPs) throughout the last decade. This resulted in them filing nearly 15+ patents and building India’s first DGCA-certified survey-grade PPK drone. It is hiring an expansive team of around 250 people with high technical skills to fulfill such a high-capacity demand. That includes over 210 drone pilots, DGPS surveyors, and project coordinators. 

On winning the contract, Pradeep Rathor, MD, Allterra, stated, “AllTerra’s vision is to transform how the world works using state-of-the-art GIS and survey technology. With this project, India enters a new geospatial data collection, processing, and implementation age. Using Aereo’s drone solutions to capture high-resolution and accurate data, we will help create assets with immense use across sectors. Most importantly, this data will ramp up development across Karnataka, making governance technologically advanced and simpler.”

G.V. Sreeramam, CEO, NeoGeo, said, “We are proud to embark on this historic project. It is the world's biggest land parcel mapping project and is a leap forward in land record digitization and development. Along with our trusted partner, Aereo, we will collect high-resolution GIS data, process the data and deliver at the highest quality standards in the defined timeframe. Aereo’s end-to-end drone solutions will make this process seamless and efficient. This data will essentially improve the lives of crores living in these areas.”

Vipul Singh, co-founder and CEO, Aereo, added, “This is a landmark project for India and the drone industry. We are extremely proud to support organizations like Allterra and NeoGeo in this impactful project. Large Scale Mapping is the need of the hour to fast-track the digitization of land records in urban and rural areas. Our drone solutions aim to deliver immense value to our partners and enable the Karnataka government to create ultra-high-resolution digital survey maps with multi-sector applications. We’re looking forward to this year-long collaboration and delivering on our targets.”

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