Botlink, headquartered in Fargo, N.D., has introduced its new XRD (extended range and data) technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The XRD uses cellular telemetry technology to process data and stitch images in real time and at extended ranges, including beyond line-of-sight.
“There is nothing off-the-shelf about this product and technology,” says Shawn Muehler, Botlink’s chief operating officer and co-founder. “The technology was built from the ground up by our team of electrical engineers and software developers, with productivity and situational awareness in mind.”
Muehler, a former military jet and drone pilot, and his team have integrated the XRD hardware and Botlink software to offer real-time data processing, fully automated drone control, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) traffic advisories, airspace alerts, and real-time position and weather data overlays on moving maps.
“We’ve been able to take all of these features and create a single solution that allows users to fly safely while capturing and processing massive amounts of data in real time; there is absolutely nothing else with this level of capability on the market,” Muehler adds.
Botlink software can also be used as a stand-alone solution for situational awareness and automated drone control. The Android and Web-based application feeds ADS-B air traffic data, Federal Aviation Administration airspace information, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radar and information directly to the app and allows commercial users and hobbyists to remain clear of manned aircraft, controlled airspace and severe weather for compliance with all regulations.