The ultimate goal is to create a fully integrated drone solution to capture repeatable, reliable and timely data at places where no man can go. Or no man wants to go. This requires a system that is redundant in every way, setting the industry standards.
At the moment, new safety concepts are designed and tested with our partners, while making hundreds of flight hours.
Flight system: Multicopter, X8
Wind resistance: 7 Bft
Materials: Fire retardant ZYLON®, Aluminium, Carbonfiber
Flight modes: Automatic, Manual, Altitude hold, Position hold
Safety modes: Return to home (preset & current height) & Land - Now
IP Classifications: IP 65
GNSS: Highly robust GNSS module & antenna with GPS (L1, L2), GLONASS (L1, L2), BeiDou (B1, B2, B3)
Onboard sensors: 5x IMU (three axis), Barometer, Optical Flow, Ultrasonic
Autopilot: Triple redundant autopilot
Power system: Li-Mn Smart battery pack
Interface: Avular Nighthawk (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
Payloads: Visual, Thermal, Lidar and Hyperspectral (with embedded Nvidia image processing unit)
Relevant innovation is driven by cases from industry and understanding industry is achieved by cooperating with leading experts in their respective fields.
Drone safety cluster
The drone safety cluster is a living lab for the development of safer drones. Together with various end-users, new applications are created for industrial maintenance, precision agriculture and public services. The focus of the project is on the development of new technical safety standards for drones and safe integration of equipment used on drones. The goal of the Living Lab is to make the Eindhoven region a competence center for drone technology. The ambition is a leading position in de world regarding safe and reliable drone technology. The OPZuid project has a total budget of 1.6 M Euro.
Smart Tooling is a project within the European program Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands. Together with its Partners, KI<MPI is developing innovative robotics for maintenance applications in the processing industry. The goal of the project is to strengthen the process industry by working cost efficiently and more safely. The Smart Tooling cluster started in 2017 and has a total budget of 3.5 M Euro. The consortium consists of 8 service providers and 16 SMEs. Avular is Project partner light and part of the “UAS – Flying outside” cluster with AIRobot and Spie.
The Redox CrossRoads2 project is a solution provided by Avular and Airobot for indoor drone inspection for corrosion. It covers both the development of indoor navigation technology based on beacons, and innovative hyperspectral technology to detect abnormalities. With this detected information, an Artificial Intelligence Engine will classify the abnormalities. This process should work seamlessly and needs a drone that can fulfill these inspections completely autonomously on a safe and reliable way.
The project starts in 2019 and is expected to finish mid-2020.
Eyes and ears in the sky: The sound seeing quadcopter
Avular and Sorama have teamed up to developed a flying sound camera; an innovative system with which inspections can be executed in big, hard to reach, technical installations. This sound camera drone can detect deviations and defects, so future problems, leaks and possible calamities can be prevented, the maintenance can be improved and failure costs can be reduced. The sound camera can ‘listen’ and detect leaks of (toxic) gasses up to a millimetre accurate. The Avular drone makes it possible to detect the deviations and defects with accurate localization and autonomous path planning.
Supported by: Stimulus
SAGA (Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications) is funded by ECHORD++, a European project that wants to bring the excellence of robotics research “from lab to market”, through focused experiments in specific application domains, among which is precision agriculture. SAGA is a collaborative research project that involves: the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), which provides expertise in swarm robotics applications and acts as the coordinator for SAGA’s activities; Wageningen University & Research (WUR), which provides expertise in the agricultural robotics and precision farming domains; and Avular B.V., a company specialised in drone solutions for industrial and agricultural applications.
Supported by: ECHORD++
AERIAL CURIOSITY APPLICATIONS
See how you can innovate in various industries by using drone technology.
The world is facing a challenge: feeding the ever growing world population. With a decreased amount of arable land, efficiency per acre has to increase. Precision agriculture will play a key role in the solution of this problem.
In order to make precision agriculture work, detailed data is required. The rugged PrecisionScout will bring you insights from the field to help you analyze areas of interest or concern. It is the perfect solution for agricultural applications on small / medium size fields that require a high level of data quality. All the PrecisionScout imagery can be geo-tagged with RTK-GPS precision. This makes integration with your management systems very efficient and enables new possibilities.
Keywords: Monitoring high value crops, Plant breeding, Disease detection
For many tasks, an unmanned aerial vehicle is a good alternative for conventional methods such as scaffolding or rope-access. The inspection data needed to make informed operational and maintenance decisions can be acquired for various tasks. The result is a minimum level of downtime, a reduction in operating costs and less time spent at heights or in confined spaces.
Data Processing and Accuracy
From live inspections to high resolution 3D models and maps, the imagery from the PrecisionScout will give you insight in the situation: during the flight or after processing your data. All the PrecisionScout imagery is accurately time-stamped and geo-tagged. This makes integration with your management systems very efficient and enables new possibilities.
Keywords: Structural inspection, Emergency inspection, Job site management, Gas leak detection
Using the PrecisionScout for mapping applications will open up more possibilities. Starting with the highly detailed photos as a basis, geospatial professionals can use the PrecisionScout for a variety of applications. The calibrated cameras and geo-referencing capabilities ensure a precise overlay of survey data points on the images.
From all the data that is gathered with our payload, precise analysis can be performed, such as volumetric calculations. The result can be a digital report, a 3D model or digital map. It’s up to you!
Keywords: Orthophoto, Point clouds, Digital surface models, 3D models