The experiences of this duo during the 2018 Kerala floods served as inspiration for the development of a multi-purpose device aimed at rescue and relief efforts.

The experiences of this duo during the 2018 Kerala floods served as inspiration for the development of a multi-purpose device aimed at rescue and relief efforts.

Rescue Ranger, an innovative multi-purpose life-saving device capable of rescuing individuals, retrieving bodies, mapping underwater terrain, and offering relief during flood situations, has been invented by Anoop AB and Akhil P. In August 2018, during the devastating floods that struck Kerala, Anoop AB witnessed firsthand the destructive impact of a natural disaster. As the president

Rescue Ranger, an innovative multi-purpose life-saving device capable of rescuing individuals, retrieving bodies, mapping underwater terrain, and offering relief during flood situations, has been invented by Anoop AB and Akhil P.

In August 2018, during the devastating floods that struck Kerala, Anoop AB witnessed firsthand the destructive impact of a natural disaster. As the president of the state drone operators’ association, he was called upon by the government to utilize drones for rescue and relief operations.

Responding promptly to the call for assistance, Anoop mobilized over 800 drones operated by association members, providing diverse forms of aid during the week-long downpour. Even after the floodwaters receded and life gradually returned to normal, the haunting memories of the 2018 floods continued to affect him deeply. These experiences, combined with his business partner Akhil P, motivated them to establish Dexter Innovation Technologies Pvt Ltd in Kochi, a startup focused on developing an innovative device named Rescue Ranger. The device serves multiple purposes, including rescuing individuals during floods, detecting bodies in water, mapping underwater terrain, and providing relief to those in distress or stranded.

Recollections of the 2018 floods remain vivid for Anoop, as chaos engulfed the scene. “Emergency situations were out of hand. Dams were opened, coordination between different departments was lacking, and flooding was widespread, including rivers and forests, while landslides impeded rescue operations,” he recalls. However, with the deployment of drones, the rescue efforts gained momentum. They were able to deliver food packets, establish rope connections for people, rescue those stranded, and aid in flood mapping. They even coordinated the transportation of drones from Tamil Nadu to assist those stranded in Wayanad. The lessons learned from the 2018 floods never faded from their minds.

As self-taught developers and innovators without formal degrees, Anoop and Akhil embarked on research to create a device capable of addressing various water-related challenges encountered during natural disasters. The images of people struggling to survive, particularly those trapped in landslides with no assistance, fueled their determination to find a solution.

Rescue Ranger boasts several features designed to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. For instance, it can display warning signs to alert individuals of potential dangers before they enter the water. Communication difficulties during the 2018 floods, especially at night, prompted the inclusion of a front-view camera, flashlight, and a walkie-talkie with a range of up to 5 km. The device also features an underwater camera providing a 360-degree view for transmitting visuals. Additionally, Rescue Ranger can be equipped with a carry bag capable of transporting loads up to 100 kg, enabling the delivery of food packets and medicines to flood-affected areas.

The journey of developing the multi-purpose life-saving device was not without challenges. The initial prototypes faced motor failures, but Anoop and Akhil persisted. However, a significant lack of funds posed a major obstacle. While they had obtained a loan of Rs 5 lakh from a government agency and contributed Rs 10 lakh from their savings, the funds soon depleted. This setback halted the project for nearly four years until they secured a bank loan of Rs 10 lakh with assistance from the Ministry of Industry, Government of Kerala earlier this year. Within just three months, the first Rescue Ranger was ready for testing at Pazhassi Reservoir in Kannur. The device was subsequently launched by P Rajeev, Minister for Law, Industries & Coir, in Kochi. Dexter Innovation Technologies Pvt Ltd is registered with Startup India and the Kerala Startup Mission.

Obtaining adequate funding remains a major challenge for Anoop and Akhil to commence full-scale production of Rescue Ranger. They are currently in discussions with the government and hope for a positive outcome. Anoop acknowledges that their lack of formal degrees and networking skills have hindered them from securing grants or funding. Most investors expect adherence to structured processes and timelines, which does not align with their work approach. Despite these challenges, their passion and commitment to the cause remain unwavering. They have received numerous inquiries about Rescue Ranger from individuals both within India and abroad. Anoop highlights that priority will be given to disaster management teams, fire safety departments, and government agencies during production, with supplies made available to others at a later stage. The price of a Rescue Ranger ranges from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, depending on attachments and customization requirements.

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