Tethered drone company CyPhy Works has announced a rebranding as Aria Insights.
Founded by the team at CyPhy Works, Danvers, Mass.-based Aria Insights is integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning software into its drones. Named after a flock of canaries that used to keep coal miners safe from deadly gases, Aria Insights deploys drones and AI to remove humans from unsafe situations, the company explains.
Aria Insights’ robots will identify information of interest, send an alert when new information is detected and ultimately connect all of the data to a digital 3D map.
“After 10 years of innovating and redefining drone technology, the team at CyPhy saw the limitations facing the industry – namely, the complications and risks of retrieving and analyzing data,” states Lance Vanden Brook, CEO of Aria Insights. “A number of our partners were collecting and housing massive amounts of information with our drones, but there was no service in the industry to quickly and efficiently turn that data into actionable insights. Moving beyond just a hardware provider, Aria is now a full-service solution that not only meets customers’ aerial needs but also processes analytics that enable insightful decision making.”
Equipped with AI capabilities, Aria’s drones will perform fully autonomous missions to make it easier to identify features of interest across multiple use cases, the company explains. For example, its drones can aid in the maintenance of confined spaces, such as oil tankers or pipelines, enabling operators to identify areas that need repair without sending humans into potentially dangerous working conditions. Aria’s drones can also monitor the development of a natural disaster and alert first responders of increased action in a certain area, as well as notify event organizers when portions of a crowd may need more supervision.
CyPhy’s flagship product, the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications platform (PARC), will continue to be available. Aria also plans to launch new technology.