Unmanned aerial vehicles
When combined with sensors is an unmanned aerial system (UAS), which is an airborne system controlled by ground personnel using wireless controls to fly. Advanced UAS’s can also fly on pre-programmed flight plans allowing more complex and repeatable missions.
Exponent Technology Services has taken the lead in the UAS Solutions industry by offering multiple interchangeable payloads, which include RFID readers, QR imagers, infrared cameras, ultraviolet cameras, and high definition still, and video cameras to meet a wide range of end-user mission requirements.
Proprietary flight data recorder
Exponent’s highly technical team of engineers have designed and implemented a flight data recorder. Installed in each UAS, this unit provides continue near real-time feedback of the UAS flight parameters ensuring safe and transparent missions. Speed, altitude, position, roll, pitch and yaw angles can all be monitored on a central portal over the internet, anywhere, while the UAS flight progresses.
Technology more commonly known as RFID is used to automatically identify products and assets with little human intervention; much like barcode and QR codes. Exponent’s ground breaking solution can use both active and passive RFID tags as well as QR labels allowing for a large range of products and assets to be identified.
The use of Exponent’s solutions again changes the paradigm, in traditional asset inspections of bridges, towers and power lines – requires moving large amount of equipment to the asset and then placing personnel in high risk situations to complete the inspection. We have the ability to place infrared, ultra violet and hi-definition cameras on a UAS; these sensors now can perform inspections remotely and safely and without the logistical need of mobilizing significant inspection equipment and personnel.
Providing unparalleled visibility in UAV/RPAS Operations, our portal caters to aviation regulator’s need to integrate drones within civilian approved airspace. Coupled with Exponent’s SkyCommander Tracker, the portal allows authorities to manage a host of UAV/RPAS flight operation functions such as UAV/RPAS, Pilot, NOC management & Billing from a single operational console.
Overlaid with dedicated ADS-B civil air traffic data – UAV/RPAS separation data can be monitored in near real time, with automated alerts generated based upon customizable metrics as defined by the regulator. Data is stored and available for audit as a flight replay or as a data export for integration with 3rd party tools.
Reports can be generated at the flight level or aggregated over time, pilot, RPAS, alert type or any combination of the above to provide a comprehensive analytical tool to study RPAS/UAV and ultimately pilot behaviours.
The portal has built in extensibility to allow enterprise deploy their own applications via API to enable payload data visualization and analytics.