AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, has launched a new solution featuring the Quantix drone and AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS), a full-service, cloud-based data analytics platform.
Available starting in spring 2017, the technologies allow users to gain actionable insights that can improve operational efficiencies, minimize risk and increase profitability.
According to AeroVironment, the Quantix drone features simple, automated flights and a unique, hybrid design that allows the aircraft to launch vertically and transition into horizontal flight.
To plan a mission, operators trace their finger over a map displayed on the tablet controller screen to identify an area of interest. Second, the system guides the operator through an automated pre-flight check to ensure a safe, reliable mission. Third, the operator touches the “fly” button, and Quantix does the rest, including performing a detailed built-in test procedure, optimizing its flight path for maximum coverage, launching, and then landing vertically when its mission is complete.
AeroVironment says its DSS uses advanced research and algorithms to produce high-resolution datasets and analysis of agriculture fields and vineyards, bridges, railroad tracks, pipelines, roads and other assets.
“AeroVironment’s Commercial Information Solutions business integrates remote sensing and surveying with cloud-based data analytics to help customers in multiple industries increase the efficiency of their operations,” says Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment’s president and CEO. “Quantix and AV DSS provide our customers the first truly one-stop, full-service decision-support-system so they can make smarter, quicker decisions that will help increase their revenue and reduce uncertainty and risk.”
Nawabi adds, “Our customers told us they want to focus on running their businesses, not on becoming drone experts. That’s why we designed our highly automated system from the ground up to make it easy for them to get the insights they need so they can proceed with certainty.”
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