Kittyhawk, a San Francisco-based provider of a drone operations platform, has announced a suite of new features for its Flight Deck platform.
According to Kittyhawk, the enterprise-focused piloting platform for DJI hardware now features real-time aircraft telemetry for the whole team, as well as real-time video and audio streams. The new features aim to enable teams to work more collaboratively, the company says.
Flight Deck’s aircraft tracking enables managers and team leaders to see where their team is flying in real time via maps from their mobile device or from Kittyhawk’s Web application.
“In the old days, fleet managers and chief pilots had to rely on written reports to see where and how their pilots flew last month or last quarter,” says Jon Hegranes, co-founder and CEO of Kittyhawk. “Today, compliance and collaboration happens in near real time.”
Thanks to the new feature offering secure live streaming of video and audio, users can fly a DJI drone and share the feed to other team members’ mobile devices anywhere in the world.
The new streaming functionality also includes a common traffic advisory frequency-like (CTAF) feature so that anyone watching the stream can talk in real time to those watching or flying. Team members can communicate to the pilot and each other to gather and share insight.
Flight Deck’s aircraft tracking feature is now available for all Kittyhawk users. Video streaming is available for select Kittyhawk enterprise customers and will be rolled out more broadly in 2018.