Kespry enhance Drone 2 performance
07 February 2017 - 10:44
Industrial drone specialist raises the bar with increased accuracy, performance and reliability
AERIAL intelligence platform providers Kespry have enhanced the Kespry Drone 2 with higher-performance features that are said to deliver significantly greater accuracy and reliability.
The enhancements make the Kespry Drone 2 even more suitable for a wide range of industrial applications, including those requiring survey-grade precision, such as mining and quarrying. The new Drone 2 now achieves four to six times the accuracy of the previous Kespry Drone system.
‘Customers are looking for a complete drone solution that provides survey-grade accuracy without sacrificing speed and convenience,’ said George Mathew, chief executive officer and chairman of Kespry.
‘The enhancements to the Kespry Drone 2 – bringing centimeter-level accuracy – exemplify how Kespry are innovating the industrial drone space through their Aerial Intelligence Platform.’
Moreover, by adding a high-performance ground receiver, the Kespry Drone 2s system can deliver accuracy of 2–10cm. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) base station receiver serves as a single survey control point.
During flight, imagery from the Drone 2s and data from the base station are collected simultaneously. Both data sets are automatically uploaded for processing in the Kespry Cloud, where accurate survey-grade data is automatically generated.
The single ground control point simplifies survey applications as it eliminates the need for multiple control points and additional manual measurements in the survey process.
‘When we started working with the Kespry Drone system about a year ago, we were trying to find ways to be more efficient,’ said Murry Cline, vice-president of operations with APAC-Central Inc., a subsidiary of Oldcastle Materials Inc.
‘We can now fly our Kespry Drone 2 over our entire 60-acre aggregate site in about 15 min. Previously it would have taken us about a day or a day-and-a-half to do the inventories and a few more days to do the calculations.’
Post-processed kinematic (PPK) technology is used to increase the accuracy of the photogrammetric aerial images. Integrating PPK improves the speed, efficiency and reliability of gathering survey-ready data in commercial and industrial environments.
‘We’re ready to take the Kespry system to the next level, going beyond calculating inventories and using the drones for things like mine planning and other applications that will give us even greater business advantage,’ said Mr Cline.