LiDARUSA is pleased to announce the integration of their UAV-scanning systems with the Harris Aerial H4/H6 Hybrid multicopters.
As surveyors and mappers experience growth they assume larger and larger projects making longer flight times increasingly important. The extended flight times become increasingly important. The Harris Hybrid can provide such flights with lidar and industrial grade cameras allowing for far greater coverage in a single flight.
“The beauty of the Harris Hybrid, is that the pilot continues to enjoy the flexibility of a multi-copter, availability of fuel, and relatively compact packaging at an affordable price,” says Jeff Fagerman, CEO of LiDARUSA, “While it is louder than an all-electric system, for particularly large, rural projects it is a very nice solution.”
Harris Aerial, an innovative drone manufacturer near Orlando, FL, builds and sells heavy- lift hybrid multicopters. These copters use a small generator running on 95 (or higher) octane fuel to power the UAV for up to 5 hours. The Carrier H6 can carry an A-series HD LiDAR system of 3kg for 2.5 hours and a V-series of 5kg up to 1.5 hours. The benefit of this system is the multicopter meets and exceeds all the benefits the user expects.
For the LiDAR operator this translates into most projects requiring only one or two flights at most. On projects that are relatively flat with a clear LOS to the horizon in all directions, these systems can cover everything legally possible in a single flight.
Fortunately, as an integrated package with any LiDARUSA scanning system, the price is still well within reach of most mapping companies.
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LiDARUSA is committed to promoting LiDAR mapping and imaging around the globe.
MicaSense and FluroSat Partner to Offer Science-Based Imagery and Agronomic Analytics to Commodity Crop Growers
FluroSat and MicaSense today announced their partnership to offer high-quality imagery and analytics products to growers and crop advisors. The collaboration is built upon a strong belief that the collective capability of this agronomic solution will provide timely insights for optimising plant nutrition management.
Users will benefit from MicaSense and FluroSat’s shared focus on bringing scientifically validated agronomic solutions to the market. Such solutions will aid their production decision-making with the added value of imagery-guided proactive recommendations for crop management.
Growers and advisors can skip the time-consuming tasks such as imagery analysis, separating plant signal from soil “noise” and monitoring crops by getting straight to detection of potential yield-robbing issues.
Using FluroSense, crop growers can combine MicaSense sensor imagery with integrated weather information and crop models to map crop nitrogen levels, making fertility recommendations and benchmarking their crop performance. Enabled by the MicaSense Altum’s thermal sensor, users can also utilize FluroSense analytics for early detection of water stress and waterlogging, which can cause significant yield loss if left undetected.
“At MicaSense, we pride ourselves on being sensor experts, yet we know sensors are just one piece in the overall puzzle of crop management. We see FluroSense as the analytics engine that provides added value to our customers because its models are science-based and integrate multiple information layers with sensor data to form a prediction. Through this partnership, we hope to better align quality software with quality hardware and thus help our customers unleash the full potential of their sensor data,” said Dr. Manal Elarab, Director of Enterprise Solutions, MicaSense.
“As we’ve built our agronomic models, we have come to rely on chlorophyll and water stress indicators as early indicators of crop stress allowing the growers and agronomists to tackle issues as they arise, before the damage becomes irreversible. The information captured by red edge and thermal bands of MicaSense cameras is exactly what is needed to estimate the crop chlorophyll and water levels used in our predictive models in agriculture. As FluroSat and MicaSense both continue to develop our technologies, we look forward to delivering value to the growers and advisors, as well as creating the “easy button” in the form of an integrated workflow, which everyone in the industry is looking for,” commented Dr. Anastasia Volkova, CEO & Founder, FluroSat.
Collaboration between FluroSat and MicaSense started in the 2017/18 growing season when the two companies partnered on a trial to analyze 14,000 acres of cotton grown on 71 irrigated and dryland farms. Results from the trial showed that site-specific application of nutrients and chemicals driven by accurate nutrient and crop health mapping can improve yields by up to 20 percent and reduce fertilizer cost by 30 to 35 percent.
The partnership will see a pipeline of further initiatives which aim to develop advanced sensor and software capabilities and provide actionable information to farmers, growers and agronomists.
LiDARUSA is pleased to announce the option of the Drone Rescue Systems parachute system with all DJI M600 UAV sales.
As UAV’s become increasingly common for mapping applications the likelihood of a crash increases. The #1 concern for any pilot should be the
safety of all people in the vicinity. Equipment safety is #2. Any mapping equipped drone will have enough weight to potentially harm a person even if falling from a low altitude flight. The Drone Rescue system greatly mitigates this danger and gives the pilot added assurance that should the system fail, they have gone the extra mile to prevent harm to any by- standers.
Weighing in at only 430g in a re-packable cannister of only 160x75mm (HxW), the DRS- M600 is designed to auto- release using a patented, airplane-friendly, ejection mechanism within milliseconds of detecting a system failure. Effective as low as 10m with a descent of 3m/s, the equipment will land
without a hard impact yet quickly enough to keep from being dragged far away.
“We performed our own tests
of the Drone Rescue system to ensure the system really worked as advertised,” says Daniel Fagerman, CTO of LiDARUSA. “We weren’t disappointed. While it’s an expensive test if it fails, the good news is it that the system worked as well as could be expected. The M600 incurred very little damage that was easily repaired. We feel confident this will be more than just an accessory for our clients but rather a necessity.”
LiDARUSA is pleased to offer this to any M600 owners. The size and weight are a major bonus when combined with the airplane-friendly feature especially for the busy traveler.
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LiDARUSA is committed to promoting lidar mapping and imaging around the globe.
Tokio Marine Selects Airobotics’ AI-Driven Data Platform for Proactive Inspection and Disaster Management Services
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (hereinafter “TMNF”), one of Japan’s largest non-life insurance companies, has selected Airobotics‘ leading software and analytics platform to advance its building inspection and disaster management services. The Airobotics platform will be used to digitize multiple sites, enable detailed change detection, and optimize current workflows within TMNF.
The decision comes at an important time as this year’s hurricane season approaches in Japan. Additionally, 2017 and 2018 yielded the costliest back-to-back years for insurers around the world due to record storms, flooding and devastating earthquakes. As a result, innovative insurers like TMNF are quickly realizing that the methods for inspection and disaster management should be advanced with leading-edge technologies.
“We are honored to provide TMNF with full visibility across their portfolio, automating much of the manual work, to deliver a seamless experience as well as actively identify and predict hazardous situations,” said Ran Krauss, CEO & Co-Founder of Airobotics. “Integrated directly into TMNF’s workflow, we are making aerial data a standard and integral part of their routine inspection and disaster recovery practices.”
Rick Baker, Airobotics’ CRO added, “Airobotics and TMNF are closely aligned in our joint vision that data is the driver for predictive analytics. We are excited that Airobotics’ AI-driven data platform will enable TMNF to shift from traditional inspection and disaster management practices to proactively plan and operate using near real-time, accurate data.”
Airobotics has achieved a number of major milestones, including:
Integration of LiDAR into its Automated Drone Platform: Airobotics introduced aerial LiDAR capabilities to deliver rapid precision scans across the value chain for industries including property inspection, construction and industrial facilities. Airobotics’ LiDAR significantly reduces the time it takes for aerial data to be collected, even at night or in low light, and allows for rapid turn-around time on data processing.
Obtained CASA Approval for BVLOS Drone Flights from Remote Operations Center: Airobotics recently made Australian aviation history by obtaining the nation’s first and only Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to operate automated multi-rotor drones from its Remote Operations Center (ROC) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) with no aircrew needed at the client site.
Advancements of Aviation Regulation with FAA BVLOS Waiver: Airobotics is now the first company in the US to receive a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the FAA that combines three elements: flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for automated drone operations, over human beings, with a visual observer that is not required to keep a visual line of sight on the drone. This waiver permits Airobotics to operate drones from the company’s Remote Operations Center in Scottsdale, AZ.