DroneMatrix’s On-demand Operations in Harsh Environments Depend on Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is essential for on-demand drone performance in punishing environments. DroneMatrix is already pursuing new wireless charging applications for inspecting construction sites, delivering medicine between hospitals, and surveilling urban settings. One common challenge worldwide is the legal restriction on autonomous flight.

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CHALLENGE

DroneMatrix is a European drone manufacturer that specializes in surveillance, security, and inspection and works with organizations that need on-demand drone operations in harsh environments.
They manufacture the YACOB system, a semi-autonomous drone and accompanying docking station. YACOB was recently selected for a pilot project by the Antwerp police and fire department, as a way to enhance security and surveillance measures while reducing helicopter noise. The video below shows some of the advantages YACOB drones provide, including:

  • Semi-autonomous functionality: leaving – and returning to – their docking stations automatically.
  • Enhanced surveillance: YACOB drones are equipped with three camaras including an infrared camera, a 360° camera and a multispectral camera. The cameras can read license plates and ADR signs on trucks (shown in video).
  • Safety and reliability: YACOB drones can land in an emergency with a parachute, and fly on average 25 km / hour at an altitude of 35 meters. They can stay in the air for an average of 20 minutes.

These advantages, and others, brought the YACOB system to the attention of two more of DroneMatrix’s customers, which had requirements for on-demand drone operations in harsh environments. The Singapore Police Coast Guard and a solar energy farm came to DroneMatrix for surveillance and inspection applications in areas that are difficult for humans to access and/or patrol.

The Singapore Police Coast Guard patrol boats inspect ships for migrants, something done quickly and safely with a surveillance drone sent from the port grounds. The customer asked DroneMatrix to meet requirements for reliability in corrosive marine environments and fast on-demand deployments.

SOLUTION

DroneMatrix delivered their YACOB system, which includes a steel enclosure with a retractable funnel shaped landing pad. The landing pad enters and exits the housing assembly on the side rather than on the top, reducing weather-related impacts.

The funnel shaped landing pad enables takeoffs and landings without human intervention. Wireless charging – provided by WiBotic – takes that a step further and autonomously charges the drone once it enters the enclosure. According to DroneMatrix, it’s extremely expensive to provide human staff for repetitive battery swapping between flights; wireless charging is more efficient.

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