Planys Technologies, an IIT-Madras-incubated start-up that provides underwater robotic inspection solutions, has launched what it calls the most advanced remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Mikros.

The indigenously-developed new product, Planys’ third ROV after its first marine robot Mike and ROV Beluga, promises deeper underwater inspection to process industries, petrochemical refineries, and desalination plants.

“Mikros has an ability to reach 200-metre depth, and it can stay underwater for unlimited hours,” said Tanuj Jhunjhunwala, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planys.

Mikros, which was unveiled by R Ramachandran, Director-Refineries, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, has been designed to cater to long tether lengths (600 metres compared to 150 meters earlier), and has the capability to collect data in very challenging situations like high depths, turbid waters, and inside long pipelines used by process industries and desalination plants.

“This is our most advanced indigenously developed mini-ROV today. After understanding the market conditions and gaining experience from earlier products over the last three years, we started our work and developed Mikros. Apart from India, we are also focussing on other geographies with Mikros,” said Vineet Upadhyay, Chief Technology Officer of Planys Technologies.

ROVs like Mikros eliminate the need for human presence in water. They also address the limitations in depth and accuracy of data captured.

Also, these unmanned highly manoeuvrable underwater robots are operated by a pilot at the water surface and can access hard-to-reach areas or be used in hazardous conditions to inspect submerged structures.