In his opening keynote for the CSR and Social Innovators Forum 2016, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam mentioned Garuda DragonFly as an example an innovative solution that was co-created by a public agency and a private company working together.
One of the examples involves the National Environment Agency together with Garuda Robotics. They have co-created a solution that involves drones which can be deployed to drop larvicide on roof gutters, which are often difficult to reach. They started because of dengue, which is a perennial problem, endemic, and it is also relevant now because of Zika, or anything that the Aedes mosquito carries. Basically we’ve got to prevent breeding. And this is an interesting example of how technology, enterprise, and a social mission come together.
When NEA asked to collaborate on this project back in late 2015, Zika was an emerging and very real threat. Knowing full well the urgency of this need, we were able to design and develop the system in record time by leveraging an off-the-shelf consumer drone as the base platform for our custom payload delivery mechanism. This also allowed for a shorter user training cycle, as the NEA enforcement officer team tasked with field testing the Garuda DragonFly system was already familiar with the base consumer drone platform.