US: FlytBase, Inc. and Mayan Robotics, LLC have announced a partnership to support enterprises on the development of fully autonomous, cost-effective drone automation solutions that leverage open source technologies.
As their drone operations move from manual to fully autonomous, businesses are looking for reliable, cost-effective, scalable hardware and software components that can seamlessly integrate into enterprise-grade solutions. The commercial drone industry is driven by regulatory progress and technology advancements – both of which are picking up pace as industries, governments and consumers all start to derive meaningful value from unmanned aerial vehicles.
FlytBase, Inc. provides drone agnostic software solutions to automate and scale drone operations. The FlytBase technology platform allows easy deployment of intelligent drone fleets, connected with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase offerings are compatible with major drone hardware platforms (eg. DJI, Ardupilot, PX4) and come with SDKs, simulator and APIs for reliable testing and seamless integration. FlytBase customers range from sectors such as public safety and energy utilities to warehouses, distribution centres, and air cargo facilities.
Mayan Robotics LLC specializes in the design and manufacture of essential electronic systems for unmanned vehicles, drones, and UAVs. With a focus on the best known open source and open hardware-based autopilots in the world, Mayan Robotics’ products are utilized by the largest civilian drone manufacturers, public and private aerospace research and development institutes and militaries across the globe.
As US-based companies, both FlytBase and Mayan Robotics are excited about the rapid progress made by regulators on enabling drone flights at night, over crowds and beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). With the ongoing FAA-approved integrated pilot programs, the commercial drone industry is poised to accelerate, driven by fully autonomous solutions that focus on specific use-cases in each sector. These range from outdoor solutions such as aerial inspections of oil & gas pipelines and wind turbines to indoor applications such as warehouse inventory management and mining.
The first step towards enterprise drone applications was manually flown UAVs by drone operators and service providers. This has now matured to live drone operations, where a fleet of drones can be remotely managed, with live video feeds available over 4G/5G, and the ability to not only fly drones autonomously but also control the camera gimbal, set waypoints and geofences, share and archive image/video data on the cloud. With the availability of off-the-shelf, cost-effective drones, enterprises can now build a fleet with a minimal upfront investment and rapidly realize business value from aerial inspections, surveys, mapping, surveillance, search-and-rescue ops, etc.
FlytBase & Mayan Robotics, together, seek to enable cost-effective commercial drone adoption not only by large corporations but by SMEs, drone operators and sector-specific UAV system integrators as well.
Jordi Muñoz, Mayan Robotics Founder, commented “We have strategically located our headquarters in San Diego California, in addition to being the only manufacturer of our kind that designs, manufacturers with globally sourced components, assembles and ships all products from the United States. This allows us to ensure the safety, reliability, and quality that enterprise customers expect from drone hardware. By partnering with FlytBase, whose intelligent automation software perfectly complements our offerings, we can now provide end-to-end drone solutions to drone developers, system integrators, and of course the end-users.”
According to Nitin Gupta, FlytBase CEO, “The partnership with mRobotics is designed to help our customers leverage best-in-class, open-source hardware, and software for building enterprise drone automation solutions. As fleets with dozens of autonomous drones get deployed across industrial use-cases, the focus will shift from purely technology to reliability, scalability, and operational integration. We see enterprise drone adoption rapidly moving from proof-of-concept projects and pilot programs to true production deployments – and look forward to this partnership as a means to enable commercial drone automation, at scale.”