Botlink has created an Internet-connected 3DR Solo drone, which incorporates Botlink’s XRD cellular device – Federal Communications Commission-approved software that allows users to send and receive data through a secure connection to Verizon’s LTE network.
According to Botlink, Solo users will be able to capture, process and deliver aerial imagery to the cloud in real time, even while operating the drone beyond the visual line of sight.
The XRD includes antennas that pick up high-bandwidth LTE signals in rural areas as though they were in the center of a metropolitan area, explains Botlink, adding that images can then be sent anywhere while the drone is still airborne.
Users connect the small XRD device to their drone, or they can purchase a pre-configured 3DR Solo from Botlink and then use Botlink’s free Android and Web apps, which include mission planning, automated flight control and situational awareness tools. Advisories are displayed on a geo-referenced map and show the exact location of the user’s drone in relation to restricted airspace, nearby manned aircraft and incoming weather, says Botlink.
“Botlink is committed to connecting drones to industry in real time,” comments Shawn Muehler, chief operating officer of Botlink. “An Internet-connected Solo means our customers now have access to a light-duty drone for commercial use. This allows them to capture, stitch and distribute aerial imagery in real time while flying safe and maintaining compliance with [Federal Aviation Administration] regulations.”
Botlink says it is currently finishing production of the devices and expects shipping to begin this month.