IN-FLIGHT Data and senseFly team up for Canada’s largest BVLOS drone trial | MundoGEO

IN-FLIGHT Data and senseFly team up for Canada’s largest BVLOS drone trial

By Guilherme Vinicius Vieira | 19h38, 13 de June de 2018

The project’s goal is to demonstrate that BVLOS UAS flights can be conducted safely and efficiently, to the benefit of all Canadians, while providing cost reductions and/or operational efficiencies for the different use-cases involved.

“We are truly excited to get the go ahead for this ambitious project,” said Chris Healy, the owner of IN-FLIGHT Data. “Working closely with senseFly and our 20 partner organisations, we’ll be collecting a huge amount of geo-accurate data—across many types of long-range drone applications—which we are confident will help contribute to the creation of pragmatic future BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) legislation.”

“The scope of this trial is, we believe, unique in Canada, if not the region,” added senseFly’s Regulatory Project Manager, Samuel Dépraz. “The vast amount of flight safety data and learnings that Chris’ team will collect and share will be extremely beneficial to the future growth of Canada’s commercial drone industry, and I’m sure other regulators around the world will be following this project with interest. With IN-FLIGHT Data’s extensive operational experience, the project’s diverse, committed partners, and its ‘Compliant’ senseFly drones, I’ve no doubt this trial will be a success.”

IN-FLIGHT Data’s trial will run until early November. During this time the company will aim to complete one BVLOS mission per week. Defined by the trial’s 20 partner organisations, these missions will span everything from pipeline surveys and crop mapping to landfill volume analyses, graveyard inventory assessments and even search and rescue applications.

Key trial statistics include:
• 14 different test sites: some specific Transport Canada ‘in-range’ sites, others ‘off-range’ open airspace sites in rural locations.
• 2 drones (UAS): senseFly eBee Plus & senseFly eBee
• Flights up to 10 km in length
• Over 1,500 km total linear flight distance
• More than 120 datasets: spanning both RGB and thermal infrared aerial imagery.
• Human observers will monitor flights and air traffic in order to compare their observations, for example, with operators’ ground station software experiences.

“The reasons we made this trial so large are two-fold,” said Healy. “The more data, the better the risk models Transport Canada can create, which will help them to create safety-focused BVLOS regulations that benefit everyone. And secondly, there are just so many potential BVLOS applications out there, we really wanted to explore a good number of these.”

The flight safety data collected during the trial will be provided to Unmanned Systems Canada and TC to help define BVLOS risk models for different categories of unmanned aircraft. In the case of IN-FLIGHT Data, the eBee and eBee Plus drones it will use during the trial, designated ‘Compliant’ systems by TC, fall within Canada’s TC’s proposed ‘Very Small’ (sub-1kg) and ‘Complex operations (urban)’ commercial drone categories respectively. These UAS will be operated using senseFly’s commercial-grade eMotion ground station software, which includes integrated air traffic and geo-awareness data—key to running safe BVLOS operations in non-controlled airspaces—courtesy of AirMap and uAvionix air traffic data systems.

In 2017, senseFly became the first drone operator to be granted ‘anytime’ Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorisation in Switzerland, plus its systems are currently approved for BVLOS use in France, Spain, Denmark and China. senseFly was also one of several organisations that were instrumental in the success of last year’s ground-breaking Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) demonstration in Geneva (Swiss U-space demo). The eBee Plus, eBee SQ and albris were designated ‘Compliant Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)’ by TC in August 2017, while senseFly’s original eBee drone became Canada’s first compliant fixed-wing drone back in 2015.

Hexagon introduces 3D laser scanner with automatic in-field pre-registration

By Guilherme Vinicius Vieira | 16h10, 13 de June de 2018

Hexagon AB announced the launch of the Leica RTC360, a laser scanner equipped with edge computing technology to enable fast and highly accurate creation of 3D models in the field.

The RTC360 combines high-performance laser scanning, edge computing, and mobile app technologies to pre-register captured scans quickly and accurately. With the push of a button, two million points per second of High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery can be captured to create a full-dome scan in under two minutes. Laser scanner movements between setup positions are automatically tracked by a Visual Inertial System (VIS) while scans are combined and pre-registered on a mobile device, where they can be viewed and augmented with information tags – saving precious time and speeding up decision-making right from the field.

“We designed the Leica RTC360 for maximum productivity. For construction professionals, plant operators, public safety officials, and other professionals who face complex projects with tight constraints, it provides a better way to digitally capture the reality of their sites – and process and visualise that data for faster, immediate decision making,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO. “What these professionals do on site every day is challenging, and we aim to continue to make their work quicker, easier, and more accurate.”

For further information, contact:
Maria Luthström, Investor Relations Manager, Hexagon AB, +46 8 601 26 27, ir@hexagon.com
Kristin Christensen, Chief Marketing Officer, Hexagon AB, +1 404 554 0972, media@hexagon.com

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