UAVIA providing the most demanding businesses with connected aerial surveillance and inspection tools. Their solutions make it possible to collect and analyze aerial data in real time. Without ever leaving your desk. UAVIA’s patent pending technology opens new perspectives by enabling total autonomous drone operation on field without any need for human intervention.
Currently available UAVs are tied to ground stations by the use of radio links. Operational ranges are limited to a few miles. The new technology deploys a real-time high bandwidth IP link between the drone and its pilot, using 3G/4G LTE networks. Distance is not a limit anymore.
All work in few easy steps:
From your web browser, schedule and execute aerial surveys autonomously. Captured data are encrypted and uploaded on Cloud servers using connected charging stations.
Wide range of data processing services from real-time mapping to geo-referenced imaging & 3D mapping. Everything is automated in the Cloud.
Enrich the results with meaningful comments & notes. Perform 2D measurements and 3D volumetrics. Compare surveys over time, generate reports in seconds and share them with your co-workers.
With UAVIA’s technology, users can operate a drone remotely via the Web. The vehicle is given its instructions via a 4G internet connection that also sends back an HD video feed from the onboard camera. If the signal cuts out the drone can either continue its pre-planned flight or make a safe landing automatically.
Given the strict regulations around civilian drone usage, UAVIA is currently restricting its market to the industrial sector in France, where ‘beyond line of sight’ control is allowed in certain circumstances. It says the system is already being used by companies, but it isn’t saying exactly who.
UAVIA’s tech allows companies to do safety and security inspections of remote facilities while the inspector sits in head office. It’s an approach that can save a lot of time time and money versus traveling to the location and doing the work in a helicopter.
While regulations limit UAVIA for now, the firm sees potential use cases in agriculture, disaster relief, search-and-rescue operations, and wildlife protection.
UAVIA has partnered with Ubuntu for the technology behind its product. Its drones run the Ubuntu Core operating system, designed for embedded devices.
The company started up two and half years ago with €16,000 ($17,500) of its own money, and has bolstered that with interest-free innovation loans backed by the French government. It is now raising a €500,000 private investment round which it hopes to close in the first quarter of 2016.
It may still be quite some time before we normal folk can fly drones over distant lands from the comfort of our homes, but UAVIA gives us a glimpse of that future.