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Passenger Drones: Understanding Their Varieties and Specifications

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Air taxis, flying cars and eVTOLs are just a number of the popular names currently being used to refer to unmanned vehicles which are being designed to carry humans in the future. With all these names being thrown around it’s becoming difficult to distinguish between what an air taxi is versus a flying car, whether there can be one name for all of these devices and if so, why all these different names are being used interchangeably? The answer, as always, lies in the details. All of these platforms have one main thing in common: they are designed to carry humans. Therefore, the term that most accurately describes them under one umbrella and without any specification limitations (e.g. regarding energy sources, configuration etc.) is passenger drones.

To help explain why and how this is the case, we’ve built a framework that segments passenger drones according to their features in order to show the different varieties which are available.

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What Defines a Passenger Drone?

There are several levels at which it is possible to distinguish between different aerial platforms being designed to carry humans. The very first level is whether they are piloted/manned or unpiloted/unmanned. Looking at our framework all drones which are designed to carry humans but not be piloted are passenger drones.

Important to note here is that even though many platforms aim to fly unpiloted in the future, today they are still manned. In order for this to change, full automation is key. Once truly autonomous solutions are made available and once these are certified according to aviation standards, passenger drones will be able to fly humans with no pilot involvement.

As the industry grows and a private market develops, any passenger drone will also have the option of becoming a private flying device, depending on what market the manufacturer seeks out for their platform. However, given how young the industry still is, this is not yet the case.

Drone Rentals Increasing in Agriculture Equipment

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Guest post by Emily Folk

Industries like traffic management, weather reporting and public safety use drones to monitor events as they happen. People have long associated drones — or unmanned aerial vehicles — with militaristic operations, but many civilians use them for anything ranging from food deliveries to journalism. Drone technology lends itself well to agricultural management because of its endless applications, especially on commercial farms.

Large farms have acres of cropland to inspect for diseases or infestations, and it can take days to run through everything. Similarly, a livestock farmer with lots of cattle may desire a simpler way to monitor their daily progress without herding them all up. These situations are where drone tech comes in. Caring for your farm can become a lot less time-consuming with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on hand.

Benefits of Renting and Financing Drones

Precision farming is an agricultural phenomenon marked by the use of global positioning systems, robots, telematics and more. Farmers remove a lot of the guesswork of traditional cultivation by employing technology. Precision agriculture analyzes data on variables like crop yields and watering practices to facilitate improved production. Accuracy is vital when many agriculturists support their families from their harvests, and drones are one way to smooth the process.

If you’re not yet ready to buy a drone, you can always rent one and give it a test run. Renting a UAV relieves the responsibility of ownership, especially if you’ve never operated one before. You may be new to the various types of UAVs — such as multi-rotor and fixed-wing — and don’t want to invest without knowing what they can do. Renting allows you to give a unit a test spin before making a final purchase.

You may already know that a drone is the right choice for you, but may not be able to afford the high upfront costs. For farmers, financing is a regular occurrence as many necessary pieces of equipment come with a high price tag. Some companies offer financing as low as 0% for qualifying purchases, which gives your pockets a break if you decide to buy. A wise investment may be costly at first, but it always pays for itself later.

Agricultural Usage

You may know drones for their aerial capabilities in movies and TV, but they also help farmers seed, fertilize and spray their fields from a distance. Farmers who use chemical pesticides employ UAVs to track which areas they’ve already sprayed, preventing the spread of chemicals outside the specified range. This method prevents them from harming their plants with over spraying or exposing other natural resources to pollution.

UAVs help farmers with large farms save time and energy on treating each section individually. Many modern drones provide thermal feedback on failing plants and irrigation leaks. Remote sensing tech tells an agriculturist what factors may be stressing their plants, such as pests, drought or disease. You’ll also receive topographical maps of your fields and sensor readings of the air pressure, humidity and temperature.

Livestock farmers use UAVs to herd cattle into specific locations and locate cows that have strayed too far from the group. Many farmers send their cows off to remote pastures when summer comes, which requires them to take long trips to check their health. Autonomous drones can eliminate the need for these treks by flying to locations on a preprogrammed route and taking videos of the cattle.

The Future of Precision Farming

Tech companies recognize the success of precision farming — they’ll continue to make more advanced devices as the years pass. Drones are one of the most popular tech devices for recreationists and businesspeople alike, and farmers are joining the trend. UAVs have proven their worth to many growers looking to improve their operations, offering advantages that were only pipe dreams decades ago.

Radiofrequency tech increases in value due to its flexibility within several different devices, including sensors and autonomous vehicles. Adopting smarter tech can be a challenge for farmers in rural areas without Wi-Fi, but radiofrequency tech transmits signals across long ranges. More farms can gain access to devices that’ll make ranching and crop growing infinitely easier.

Incorporate Drone Farming in Your Fields

Consider using a UAV to remove the unpredictability of agriculture. Provide better, more efficient care to your crops and cattle, and catch small issues before they become bigger problems. In turn, you’ll produce healthy harvests and enjoy low-stress agriculture in all its glory.

Author Bio:

Emily is a green tech writer who covers topics in renewable energy and sustainable design. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.

Drone Workforce Solutions approved by US Dept of Veteran Affairs to teach its vets drone technology

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DWS announces today that it has been approved by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to teach America’s veterans, through the GI bill, its drone technology training program, Virtual Reality and 3D Virtualization training program, and Agricultural and Forestry Drone Collected Imagery training program.  DWS provides these technologies through its technology school www.dwsdroneschool.com

In a statement today, CEO Theo Nix, Jr., Esq., said, “We are excited to partner with the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs to train and employ and then deploy thousands of veterans around the country and around the world in drone and other technologies. We owe a great debt to our veterans and DWS intends to do its part, as a global employment company, to employ our vets in highly paid and sustainable jobs.”  

Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC (DWS),  a global employment and staffing company for providing drone technology services and its applications,  announced previously the launch of our global drone pilot portal to help provide significant and sustainable drone pilot jobs in drone technology to its global corporate, business and government partners. In this portal, we provide fully vetted and FAA Part 107 certified commercial pilots with a full administrative backend that allows us to send our pilots on jobs around the world. This vetting system gives our corporate and government clients a comfort level they don’t otherwise currently have from the drone pilot service industry.

DWS has already launched a global Apple and Google APP for our DWS vetted pilots which allows DWS to send information electronically to our drone pilots which includes the job location, client, length of time of the job, the type of drone and accessories required and the pay rate. The pilot will then electronically inform us of their availability. 

DWS has been approved to provide both drone inspections and drone training services to one of the largest utility companies in the country which has many affiliate companies as part of the parent company. Additionally, DWS has been in negotiations to perform drone utility and agricultural services, mining, medical deliveries and other kinds of drone services and to provide drone and other technologies training in various countries in this country and abroad.

Theo Nix, Jr. Esq., is currently Co-Founder, CEO and President of Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC.  Attorney Nix has worked in the international corporate arena for many years, including as corporate counsel for a Fortune 100 global company, where he has performed transactional work and negotiated mega business deals and will use those international relationships to collaborate with governments, businesses and corporations around the country and globally to employ Americans, especially or veterans, as drone operators in the field of drone technology. 

Nix is a big proponent of Workforce Development and the need to retrain and employ Americans at all levels, especially our Veterans, through the use of drone technology and its applications for a new global world.

 Says Nix, “DWS intends to pay some of the highest rates to our pilots in the drone industry.

 Why, because they deserve it and we have the international contacts and means to do so”.

Powering Americas Drone Workforce.  Fly away with us.

Auterion and Avy collaborate in innovative VTOL UAV for BVLOS operations

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Los Angeles, California, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands – November 19, 2019 – Auterion, the leading open-source based operating system for enterprise drones, and Avy, a pioneer in innovative unmanned aviation technologies with a focus on life-saving missions and applications, today announced a partnership to enable a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone for medical deliveries, public safety, sustainable logistics, and wildlife conservation operations. 

Use cases for drones are becoming increasingly popular as more operators search for solutions to enable long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions while maintaining safety and compliance. This partnership addresses these new demands with the introduction of the Avy Aera VTOL winged drone, for long-distance flights with modular payload capabilities and integrated avionics systems. 

The Avy Aera drone will leverage the complete Auterion software platform, including the operating system, Auterion Enterprise PX4, the Auterion Ground Station software for flight planning, and Auterion Insights for flight, safety, and compliance management. 

“The Avy Aera gives emergency services, mapping companies, and medical delivery enterprises a new tool to cover large areas in a short time. The integration around open standards makes it easy for operators to integrate the Avy Aera drones within their existing services,” said Kevin Sartori, Auterion co-founder. 

Designed to meet the latest EU regulations and with a range of over 100 km carrying cargo or sensor payloads up to 1,5 kg, the Avy Aera is equipped with onboard redundant communication links (RF, LTE, Satlink) and ADS-B transponder. Avy Aera is able to operate BVLOS and is compliant with the upcoming EASA regulations, by following the SORA framework. 

“By taking our technological performance one step further and focusing on operations, we’ve developed an aircraft that is ready for the strict aviation regulations and to operate over densely populated areas. The Avy Aera is quick, sleek, reliable, and equipped to disrupt the aviation ecosystem,” said Patrique Zaman, CEO of Avy. 

The Avy Aera drone solution will be showcased at the Amsterdam Drone Week conference on December 4-6, 2019. 

About Auterion Auterion is the leading open-source operating system for drones. With 50+ employees across offices in California and Switzerland, Auterion has raised $10M in venture-backed funding from investors such as Lakestar, Mosaic Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, and Tectonic Ventures. The company’s global customer base includes GE Aviation, Impossible Aerospace, and the U.S. Government. Learn more at www.auterion.com. Twitter: @auterion Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/auterion/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/auterion

About Avy Avy is a pioneer in innovative aircraft technology for the transition towards sustainable aviation, with a focus on life-saving missions and applications. The autonomous Avy Aera, designed according to advanced & minimalistic Dutch design principles, is a VTOL winged drone made to access hard-to-reach places without the need for infrastructure and making urgent healthcare accessible to anyone in need. Website:​www.avy.eu Twitter:​@FlyAvy Facebook:​@FlyAvy Instagram: @flyavy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/avy/ 

Why Green Power Installations Should Consider Aerial Inspections

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Image credit: Landpoint

Guest post by Dustin Price

The green power industry is being modernized in many ways. One such way is through the increased use of aerial inspections. Aerial inspections can be used at the very start of a green power project, as well as during the later maintenance stages. Through aerial surveys, the green power industry can improve its yields and its safety.

Here are a few of the major advantages to using aerial inspections for solar, wind, hydropower, and other green developments. 

Complete your surveys and inspections faster

Every project begins with initial surveys. Man-made and natural obstructions need to be identified, and terrain has to be mapped to plan for the project. In the past, these surveys have been done by manned crews — either walking along the length of the survey (slow) or flying in a plane (expensive and potentially dangerous – even with modern safety standards, there’s always a risk when you send a crew into the sky). Today, aerial surveys can be conducted through plane, helicopter, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), offering a number of options depending on the project’s needs.

When conducted through drones, aerial surveys are safe, fast, and accurate. Drones can fly close to the ground, don’t need to be manned, and can cover large distances quickly. The faster the inspections and surveys are completed, the faster the project can begin. The more accurate the surveys are, the less likely it is that the project will need to undergo significant reworks later.

Improve the efficiency of your project through simulations

Whether you’re installing wind power, solar power, or another type of energy generator, the amount of energy you produce is going to be based on how your installation works with the environment. For wind power, you need to be able to determine the impact of your surroundings on the wind energy generated. For solar power, you need to be able to calculate the angle of the sun not just throughout the day, but throughout the year.

Aerial inspections lead to highly detailed 3D scans of the terrain and the surrounding environment, which can in turn be used for advanced simulations. Through these simulation techniques, you will be able to figure out the best way to position energy generators, for the greatest capture of energy throughout the year and under different types of weather. 

The more efficient a green power installation can be, the more advantageous the technology will be over traditional methods such as fossil fuels. As the green power industry improves upon its energy production, it becomes an easier sell to others who want to get involved. Thus, these simulations are better for the green power industry as a whole, and are an excellent way to prove the value of the industry.

Identify issues before they become more significant

By inspecting your equipment regularly, you can reduce the chances that there might be dangerous or disruptive issues. All types of equipment will eventually break down and degrade. Without aerial inspections, it’s necessary to send someone to manually inspect the generators. Large structures like wind turbines or dams may even need to be climbed.

Manual inspections aren’t just potentially dangerous, but also time-consuming. With aerial inspection, inspections can be done more frequently because they are easier and faster. They also won’t carry with them the risk of potentially injuring an inspector on-site. More regular inspections lead to fewer accidents and incidents overall.

Equipment for green power installations is expensive. Whether they’re wind turbines or giant solar farms, a damage to your equipment is costly. Preventing this damage doesn’t just improve the bottom line of the company, but also its overall carbon footprint. Having to engage in significant repairs and replacements of equipment will only increase the environmental impact of the facility.

Use the IoT to tag equipment for repair and maintenance

Today, the IoT can be used to appropriately tag equipment that has to be checked by personnel. Drones can connect to sensors on equipment to detect whether there are noticeable issues. A wind turbine that is out of balance, for instance, can report that it is out of balance even by a little, and then drones can be used to see whether there’s a visible issue such as a damaged blade.

By tagging equipment as needed, the company can then dispatch engineers directly to the equipment that needs to be repaired. This streamlines the repair process and makes repairs themselves faster and easier. If not regularly maintained and repaired, some types of equipment can become very dangerous. IoT allows for complete reporting, which can be used in association with aerial inspections to get a better picture of the overall project. 

Ultimately, aerial inspections improve the process of collecting initial surveys and planning a green power installation, in addition to making it easier to maintain and repair a green power installation. By leveraging aerial inspections, you will be able to increase the efficiency of your power project, while also reducing the potential for safety issues and delays. 

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Guest post by Dustin Price, a licensed land surveyor and the Operations Manager at Landpoint. He leads the company’s technical approach to delivering professional surveying services by providing tailored solutions using UAV technology. 

Terra Drone Indonesia demonstrates Terra Lidar for state-owned construction company Waskita Karya in West Java

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Purwakarta, November 14, 2019 – Terra Drone Indonesia just held a demonstration of Terra Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) technology in one of PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk’s work last October. The demonstration was precisely carried out at the Jakarta -Cikampek II Toll Road construction project in the Purwakarta region, West Java. Mapping using Terra Lidar produces maps in the form of 3-dimensional images in detail that will identify various important areas of development that are needed in construction work.

The use of Terra Lidar has become a recognized method for capturing topographic details, structure, and scale of existing cities. In construction, the LiDAR system will provide an instant and accurate 3D visual comparison between planned progress and the actual progress being made. Construction is one industry that applies the technology because of its use that can be done at every stage of the work. There are two simple reasons why Terra Lidar is so helpful for construction work, which is because it can save time and budget for construction. The LiDAR system can also provide an aerial view of the work area very easily.

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Preparation of LiDAR drone flights

Terra Drone Indonesia has helped a lot of work to several large contracting companies in Indonesia using Terra Lidar, starting from baseline survey activities, planning and basic design, compilation of Bill of Quantity, implementation of construction in the field to documentation needs after construction activities such as modeling in 3 dimensions. Seeing the benefits of Terra Lidar that can facilitate various construction works, now Terra Drone Indonesia provides the technology to be implemented and owned directly for companies in Indonesia. In addition to work in the field of construction, Terra Lidar can also be utilized in various other sector jobs such as mining, oil and gas, plantation, to the utility sector.

■ About Terra Drone Corporation 
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 500 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 25 branches are spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others. 

Terra Drone provides end-to-end solutions specializing in each sector by using high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software and customizable drone traffic management systems (UTM). The company actively invests in UAV technology providers to help them promote their products and services in the global market. 

For all the latest news and information about Terra Drone, visit the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter handles.

Enterprise Partnerships with Trimble and Microsoft Drive senseFly Strategy Forward

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CHESEAUX-SUR-LAUSANNE, Switzerland, 13 November 2019 – senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones, has announced new strategic partnerships. The organisations include Trimble and Microsoft and demonstrate the capability and suitability of senseFly’s fixed-wing drones and drone sensors for precision agriculture.

“Trimble and Microsoft are major players in the agriculture sector, and these relationships are a testament to senseFly’s drones operating at the high standards required by large organisations to deliver the results they need”, explained Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “This includes being able to offer a range of cameras to meet project-specific requirements, absolute accuracy down to 3cm and unparalleled flight times that enable coverage of up to 500 ha (1,235 ac) in a single flight.”

senseFly’s distribution agreement with Trimble, as part of its Trimble Select list of preferred partners, will see senseFly products distributed via the Trimble Agriculture network, giving agriculture professionals across North America and Europe direct access to senseFly products. This will be particularly beneficial in helping agronomists, farmers and researchers accurately plan and manage their operations, as the eBee X and its suite of sensors add value throughout the growing season by providing efficient crop insights.

This week, senseFly was also announced as a partner for Microsoft Azure FarmBeats. Azure FarmBeats is an agriculture initiative that seeks to sustainably increase global food production by 70% by 2050. Azure FarmBeats combines IoT sensors, UAVs and more, to collect and analyse large amounts of agriculture data. The data is then used to develop new artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to provide actionable insights to farmers.

For nearly a decade, senseFly has played a leading role in the fixed-wing drone industry for the GIS and agriculture markets. Currently, senseFly holds 45% of the US fixed-wing drone market. The continued maturation of the drone industry from early adopters to mainstream enterprise solutions could see this figure rise even further.

Matteo Triacca, VP Business Solutions at senseFly, commented: “As an organisation, we have worked hard to establish relationships and work closely with major industry players. senseFly’s commitment to servicing and further developing these partnerships, as well as establishing new ones, will continue to drive our corporate strategy across all verticals.”

Looking forward, senseFly is positioned to grow and service these new opportunities due to its significant global reach, market leading R&D capabilities and close collaboration with 3rd parties, such as senseFly partner Pix4D

For more information, please visit www.senseFly.com

About senseFly

At senseFly, we believe in using technology to make work safer and more efficient. As the global leader in fixed-wing drones, our proven drone solutions simplify the collection and analysis of geospatial data, allowing professionals in surveying, agriculture, engineering and humanitarian aid to make better decisions, faster. The company is a commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group. For more information, visit www.senseFly.com, and follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

Are 3D Printed Drones the Next Big Thing?

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Drones
are quickly changing from being classified as toys to becoming integral tools
for many industries, but industrial versions are still costly. Each component
needs to be both strong and lightweight, and shifting designs make it
challenging for manufacturers to keep up with industry demands. The
implementation of 3D printing and CNC machining in the drone industry might be
the next big thing that will change the sector.

Reducing Costs

We’ve
all seen the miniature drones that have become popular as toys and photography
tools in recent years. They have limited flight time and can only carry a
lightweight camera. They’re fairly affordable, with small models costing less
than $50, but they’re not capable of commercial applications. Those industrial
drones have been out of reach for most businesses because they’re exorbitantly
expensive.

3D
printing is making itself known in nearly every industry, and household
printers are becoming more affordable every year. Experts estimate that by
2030, the sector will sell more than 100
million 3D printers
, and upwards of 70% of companies
are increasing their investments
in this technology.

3D
printing may change that by giving businesses and consumers the tools to build
their own commercial drones for a fraction of the cost — as long as they
already have access to a 3D printer.

Build Your Own Drone

Designing,
prototyping and building a drone is a traditionally challenging task. It
requires days or weeks of research and development, design, construction and
testing before the drone is ready to take flight. 3D printing and CNC machining
give businesses and consumers the tools to create their own drones in a matter
of days. One such example took less than 30
hours total
,
and the majority of that time was spent on things like waiting for 3D printed
parts to finish forming.

You
can purchase a premade commercial drone kit, or — if you’re skilled in
electrical engineering — you can create custom electronic components to meet
your design’s needs.

For
applications like these — whether you’re buying pre-made or fabricating your
own electronics — you need to make sure your components are properly shielded
to protect them from weather, moisture and impact damage that could send your
drone crashing down. G10/FR4, for example, has a tensile strength
of 35,000 to 40,000 psi
and a compressive strength of 35,000 to 60,000 psi. This tensile and
compressive strength makes it ideal for shielding your electronics while still
being easy to die-cut or feed through your CNC machine.

Switching
to 3D printing isn’t just useful for individuals looking to build a commercial
drone for a fraction of the cost. It’s beneficial for companies, too.
Aerialtronics, a drone startup based in the Netherlands, is a small company
with only 35 employees. By switching to 3D printed drone parts — and managing
its own printers in-house — the company has managed to cut R&D time
in half
. It
feeds CAD designs directly into the 3D printer, lowering costs and improving
the overall applications for the technology.

Benefits of Using Drones

Why are companies looking toward drones as a tool to help them run their business? Once these commercial devices become more affordable, the potential uses are limitless. Amazon and other retail outlets have been exploring using drones for last-mile deliveries, though they are still trying to work out the kinks of dealing with the FAA. Emergency services can use drones equipped with GPS technology to reach accident and emergency sites long before police or fire vehicles can. In construction, drones can inspect job sites, check that safety rules are being followed and even survey undeveloped property without needing a helicopter.

As
they become more affordable, drones will be an invaluable tool in nearly every
industry. The move toward 3D printing is the first step in making commercial
drones more accessible for the average business owner or hobbyist.

Looking Toward the Future

Drones
are proving to be useful tools in nearly every industry, from agriculture to
construction and everything in between. 3D printing and CNC milling are
emerging as ways to reduce the costs of industrial drones, making them more affordable
for all interested parties.

Terra Drone conducts 160m chimney inspection at thermal power plant in Japan

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A UT drone flying inside a chimney

Chiba, Japan, November 7, 2019 – Leading industrial drone solutions provider Terra Drone Corporation has successfully demonstrated its non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities by inspecting a 160-meter chimney at a thermal power plant in Japan. The chimney inspection was conducted using ultrasonic testing (UT) drone developed by Terra Drone group company Terra Inspectioneering, a market leader in wireless inspection of industrial, hazardous, and enclosed spaces.

A major component of the chimney inspection was to measure the thickness of the steel plate in a chimney windshield or flue. Conventionally, this would have been done manually by shutting down the facilities, putting up temporary scaffolding, and having human inspectors climb dizzying heights – in this case, 160 meters.

But by using Terra Inspectioneering’s UT drone, the power company was able to eliminate the need for scaffolding assembly and removal and shorten the inspection time greatly. Leveraging unmanned robotics not only allowed the power company to save on labor costs but the company also managed to curtail losses that it would have incurred by facility shutdown for extended periods. The data acquired in the inspection enabled further reduction by allowing the company to formulate comprehensive chimney maintenance plans.

Terra Inspectioneering’s UT drone for chimney inspection weighs just 2.5 kg. It is equipped with a Dutch patented contact catalyst (co-plant) dispenser, which allows the co-plant to be supplied to the probe even during flight, enabling efficient inspection. In addition, three high-precision cameras empower ground inspectors to check the UT graph as well as the images from the drone in real time.

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State of the supportive structure at a height of about 150m (After inspection, the trace of the co-plant is confirmed)
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UT graph that can be confirmed on the ground monitor (example)

About Terra Drone Corporation 
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 500 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 25 branches are spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others. 
Terra Drone provides end-to-end solutions specializing in each sector by using high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software and customizable drone traffic management systems (UTM). The company actively invests in UAV technology providers to help them promote their products and services in the global market. 
For all the latest news and information about Terra Drone, visit the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter handles.

Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Inventory Counts using Drones in Warehouses & Distribution Centers

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California, USA, November 11, 2019 — Real estate is usually the largest expense item in the P&L of a warehousing operation – whether a 3PL or a company owned one. As e-commerce penetrates an increasingly larger share of the retail industry, warehouses and DCs are being created/expanded near high population areas to enable same-day delivery, reduce last-mile shipping costs, and allow retailers to stay competitive in an always-connected global economy.

This, in turn, is driving inventory stakeholders to move their top-tier sites from majority bulk storage to majority racking, and from traditional aisles to very narrow aisles (VNAs). Rack heights have steadily increased from 25 feet, on average, to 35 feet or more; aisles widths have steadily decreased from 10 feet on average, to 6 feet or less. Given the higher inventory density, VNAs are expected to become a common sight in larger facilities in developed economies, despite the associated expenses of heavy-duty, swing-reach trucks and retraining of inventory operators.

It turns out that incentives are well-aligned when it comes to VNAs. Warehouse GMs can increase the capacity of their facility by nearly two-fold, continuous improvement managers can justify the investment in automation technologies, 3PL owners can recover their real estate investments faster, and inventory managers can consider one-deep case reserves with front-facing barcodes for same-day delivery commitments.

Of course, VNAs pose an operational and economic challenge for inventory counts – how can you justify using a $120,000 swing-reach truck, and its expert operator, to access tens of thousands of locations simply to scan barcodes? In the supply chain world, where cycle counts now need to be done more and more often, isn’t there a faster, better, cheaper way to count pallets, or individual items, stored one-deep in VNAs?

This is an ideal use-case where FlytWare, a fully autonomous drone inventory solution, can entirely eliminate the laborious, time-consuming effort required for cycle counts, item searches, audits and empty/full slot detection in VNAs. Featuring indoor autonomous navigation, automatic barcode scanning and reliable, affordable hardware, FlytWare can be quickly customized for specific warehouse layouts, operated through an operator-friendly user interface, and seamlessly integrated with API-enabled warehouse management systems. 

Recently, FlytWare has been successfully piloted in 6-foot wide VNAs at a 3PL facility in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. With over 100 racks, each over 32 feet tall and 300 feet long – and over ten thousand locations – this ‘full pallet’ warehouse is ideally suited for deploying fleets of autonomous drones that can complete a full cycle count of all VNAs in four weeks or less – that too during off-hours or nights, keeping all aisles available for pick-and-place tasks during normal working hours. 

Nitin Gupta, CEO, FlytBase, highlighted this: “Our deployment of Flytware at a very large logistics facility in Lancaster, Texas uncovered the potential benefits of autonomous drones that are cost-effective, fully autonomous, and easy to scale and integrate into existing operations and SOPs. Through these pilots, 3PLs – and in turn their customers – are validating the significant return-on-investment possible from aerial counts inventory in VNAs – thanks to the labor and equipment savings, live video feeds, location-wise images, auditable barcode data, and faster cycle counts. By moving the freed-up human resources from manual counts to higher-value activities, warehouse GMs and continuous improvement managers can immediately improve top-line and bottom-line metrics, with payback periods of less than 6 months.”

Deploy a FlytWare PoC in VNAs at warehouses, distribution centers, 3PL sites and air cargo facilities with a quick PoC deployment – in as quickly as 2 weeks!

To learn more about FlytWare for autonomous aerial inventory counts in VNAs, visit https://www.flytware.com or write to [email protected].

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