CRON Systems, the Delhi-based defence tech startup, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic collaboration with Silicon Valley-based Quanergy Systems Inc., a global leader in the design and development of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors and smart sensing solutions. The collaboration will allow CRON to upgrade detection features of its advanced ‘Kavach’ series for Indian armed forces and perimeter security.
CRON Systems, which has been working with Indian armed forces for perimeter security, will now team up with Quanergy to provide cutting-edge perimeter security to Indian forces. This could become a game changer for dealing with insurgency and illegal immigration.
CRON’s disruptive push to develop state-of-the-art intrusion detection systems, at a fraction of the cost compared to other companies in this space, is just one of the reasons why global giant Quanergy is looking to join forces with this startup. Through this strategic tie-up, Quanergy will provide its LiDAR-based security platform which will be integrated into CRON System’s “Kavach Z” series to bolster its technology.
Commenting on the development Tushar Chhabra, Co-founder & CEO CRON Systems, commented: “Quanergy is a global leader when it comes to LiDAR technology and this will be crucial for our upcoming Kavach Z series. Kavach Z has been designed understanding the complexities of the high altitude installations for proven capabilities for the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir. This tie-up will be a massive leap for both Quanergy and CRON. It will create a unique product that will be a prerequisite for all PIDS (Perimeter Intrusion Detection System) requirements. The system now has the capability to not just ‘detect’ but also ‘classify’ and ‘track’ threats around perimeters.”
“While LiDAR is most commonly known for its use in autonomous vehicles, it is also an efficient and powerful tool for securing vulnerable perimeters.” said Dr. Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder of Quanergy. “Our LiDAR technology integrated with CRON’s Kavach product provides a full-scale, cost-effective and efficient perimeter security solution.”
Built using CRON Smart Fusion technology, Kavach Z is an advanced all-weather, all-terrain intrusion detection product that provides complete situational awareness for any perimeter. Quanergy’s LiDAR technology will provide Kavach Z with the ability to see’ ahead of the perimeter boundary. One single unit of Kavach Z will allow the forces to secure a radius of 200 meters within which any intrusive movement will be detected. Quanergy’s remarkable LiDAR system enables an unlimited number of devices to be linked together, securing a perimeter of any size.
In March this year, CRON had signed an exclusive technology agreement with Israeli defence robotics company, Automotive Robotic Industry Ltd to integrate later’s rovers with CRON’s laser-guided surveillance systems. Earlier this year, the startup had raised undisclosed amount in pre-series A funding from India’s premier early stage investor, YourNest.
Founded in 2015, by Tushar Chhabra, Farheen Ahmed, Saurav Agarwala and Tommy Katzenellenbogen, CRON Systems is defence technology company backed by TechStars and YourNest. It is developing next generation Internet of Things (IoT) based Intrusion Detection Systems for securing perimeters and borders.
It may also be recalled that last month, India`s Ministry of Defence (MoD) had given open challenges for startups to provide solutions in defence segment. The challenge was announced while launching the Defence India Startup Challenge to meet India`s technological needs of defence establishments. It is meant to build an eco-system of innovation and entrepreneurship in India for the defence sector to make India self-reliant.
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