SENSYN ROBOTICS, Inc. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / President: Takuya Kitamura; hereinafter “SENSYN ROBOTICS”), a company which is aiming to fully automate operations with drones focused on the areas of facility inspections, disaster countermeasures and security, has added a function (tower scan function) that makes it possible to easily automatically navigate tower-like structures (e.g., steel towers and chimneys) to the SENSYN FLIGHT CORE drone automatic navigation platform.
We have added a function that makes it possible to automatically create inspection flight routes for tower-like structures with this update. It is now possible to easily setup inspection flight routes for communication towers, chimneys and other structures just by entering the longitude/latitude, height and radius of the structures. The drone will then fly to thoroughly scan the entire structure while repeatedly moving up and down for the generated route.
In addition, we have implemented a pre-flight function to check the automatic navigation route beforehand. The user can now verify the safeness by rehearsing the flight route to be actually taken.
With this new function, the user can dramatically improve the efficiency of operations to inspect structures with drones.
Conventionally, a huge amount of work was required to setup each waypoint manually when utilizing drones in communication tower inspections. In particular, it was essential to manually plot dozens of waypoints while taking into consideration the camera angle, drone aircraft direction and flight altitude when using a drone to inspect structures of 10 m greater. The work involved in creating these routes was one of the factors that hindered the spread of on-site drone inspections. It is possible to instantly generate inspection flight routes without excessive manual labor with this tower scan function that we have now implemented. Therefore, it is possible to start drone inspection more easily.
We have been updating SENSYN FLIGHT CORE with the necessary functions under the aim of fully automating the operations of our customers. For example, we have added a wall surface scan function and 3D map support in the past. SENSYN ROBOTICS will continue to update SENSYN FLIGHT CORE to achieve the full automation of operations utilizing drones in the future.
Overview of SENSYN FLIGHT CORE
SENSYN FLIGHT CORE is a comprehensive platform that easily realizes the automation of operations by drones even without special knowledge and skills. It possesses extensive functions indispensable in the automation of operations (e.g., centralized management of flight plan and performance data, support for simultaneous flights with multiple drones, compatibility with the drones of various manufacturers and connection to UTM*) in addition to being able to setup flights simply.
*UTM: This is the abbreviation for unmanned aerial system traffic management.
About SENSYN ROBOTICS
Our mission is to evolve what is considered “commonplace” in society with the power of robotics. It is under this mission that we have continued to take on pressing challenges in regards to specific social issues in various fields focused on facility inspections, disaster response, and security and surveillance by achieving the full automation of work with the power of robotics since our establishment in October 2015.
DaaS: This is the abbreviation for drone as a service. It is possible for customers to use the drone solutions of SENSYN Robotics as services without the need to buy drones. The advantages to this include a reduction in the cost of introducing/operating drones and a release from maintenance/upgrade work.