USA: FlytBase, Inc. and Skysense, Inc. have just announced a partnership to bring fully-automated, low-cost drone-in-a-box solution to the market and help customers scale their commercial drone deployments.
As drone operations continue to grow in 2019, businesses are looking for ways to automate and scale their operations to achieve a greater ROI. The industry is moving towards autonomous BVLOS (beyond the visual line of sight) – remote drone operations and exploring the technologies such as drone in a box (drone docking-stations or hangars) and connectivity over 4G/LTE or 5G.
Skysense is a drone charging infrastructure provider leader, supporting autonomous drone programs across different markets, with clients including NASA, GoogleX, General Electric and gov. entities. Their proven technology and products consist of, the SkysenseDrone Charging Pad that embodies all positive aspects of wired charging and the flexibility of induction systems, and the drone hangar – Skyport, which is designed to recharge and protect drones in harsh environments and remote locations.
FlytBase is a pioneer in intelligent drone automation and connectivity software technology. They provide state-of-the-art drone software solutions by leveraging their Internet of Drones technology platform. Businesses worldwide are using FlytBase solutions such as BVLOS remote drone connectivity over the internet and the smart precision landing module to automate & scale their drone fleet operations.
FlytBase precision landing technology enables drones to autonomously and accurately land on the Skysense Charging Pads and Skyports. Skysense infrastructure securely stores the drones and charges them to prepare for the next autonomous BVLOS mission. The connectivity over 4G/LTE/5G enables the remote drone operators to manage and control a fleet of drones and docking stations in real-time from a distance through the cloud. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) can see the live status of the fleet, analyse real-time video feed from the drone cameras, access device status, battery and charging data, and make use of advanced drone battery features.
Considering the scale and associated cost factor of the drone fleet operations, businesses are keen to use low-cost drones like DJI Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro or the new Mavic 2 Enterprise. Keeping this in mind, FlytBase & Skysense have made their technology compatible with these off-the-shelf drones. This significantly reduces the overall upfront cost of the solution for businesses, significantly improves RoI and helps them scale efficiently.
Andrea Puiatti, CEO, Skysense Inc. commented “We have been patiently waiting for the market to mature while we kept improving our solution with the help of NASA and other clients. We are excited about our collaboration with FlytBase, which enables enterprises and privates to immediately benefit from affordable and scalable autonomous drone installations”.
According to Nitin Gupta, CEO, FlytBase “The partnership with Skysense is allowing us to help our customers scale fully-automated drone deployments for various applications, ranging from remote inspections and security to emergency response and public safety. Automated drone-in-a-box solutions are going to be a key driver for this industry, as we move towards BVLOS flights.”