Thiruvananthapuram: Robotic scavenger maker Genrobotic Innovations, promoted by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TATA Brabo for bulk production of the sewer cleaning robot, Bandicoot.
The pact will help the startup to ensure high production standards and meet the rising demand for Bandicoot, to phase out manual sewer cleaning across the country.
Genrobotics is the pioneer in the development of manhole-cleaning robot in the world.
Established in 2015, the firm aims at finding solutions for the most pressing social issues through robotics, and it also targets to stamp out the obnoxious practice of manual scavenging from India by 2020.
The firm has embarked on a movement called #mission robohole, which is about changing manholes to roboholes; replacing men from the manholes with robots. This world’s first manhole cleaning robot has already been leveraged by more than six states in the country.
BRABO Robotics and Automation Limited, owned by TATA Brabo, is India’s first indigenous robot manufacturing company, which is a 100 percent Subsidiary of TATA Motors Limited.
Recently, Genrobotics was conferred with the coveted Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award, instituted by Anjani Mashelkar Foundation.
KSUM is the nodal agency of Kerala Government to promote entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.