APPLICATIONS

BROAD RANGE OF SECTORS AND USE CASES

AIR6 SYSTEMS | AIRBORNE ROBOTIC’s strategy is applications focused and turnkey system oriented. With our integrated drone solutions we strive to transform traditional industry processes towards digitisation, advanced analytics and intelligent automation. Customers can make more informed decisions, increase efficiency and streamline the documentation process. Our product range covers more than 95% of currently available professional UAV applications. Please contact us for information on specific use cases or respective equipment for one of below applications.

Surveying & Mining

Surveying & Mining

Professional aerial surveying requires a complete solution with an adequate UAV (flight time and payload capacity), high-end sensors and an efficient / easy to use software for optimal post-processing. Our surveying solutions are used for:

  • Area / volume surveying
  • 3D photogrammetry
  • Laser Scanning / LiDAR
  • Cadastral survey, municipalities
  • Damage survey (flood, storm, forestry, agriculture, etc)
  • Object survey
  • Mining
  • Construction and real estate

For cm-accuracy in Photogrammetry we integrate high-end RTK, PPK and PPP modules.

Industrials & Research

Logistics & Industrial Automations

Logistics and general industrial automation are high-potential future areas for drones with large expected market size, yet to mature. End-to-end solutions and system-of-systems approach are key in order to fully benefit and achieve economies of scale.

  • Emergency logistics (medical, wildlife)
  • Urban last-mile logistics (high-value manufacturing in-factory and supply-chains)
  • Alpine and maritime logistics 
  • Forestry (reforestation)
  • Industrial automation (quality checks and monitoring – indoor / outdoor)

Our end-to-end solutions includes:

  • Autonomous charging
  • UAV / USV (uncrewed vessel)/ ground robots/ satellite robots (eg. crawlers) interplay
  • Swarm formations
  • GPS-denied navigation and DAA (detect and avoid)

Our logistics development activities are pooled in the following BVLOS projects:

  • AeroDrop: emergency medical drone deliveries in Alpine environment.
  • SimLogAI: last-mile high-value manufacturing (HVM) drone deliveries in urbain or inter/intra-factory environment.
  • AirBHUTAN: essential deliveries to hard-to-reach, extreme mountainous locations.
  • DrUBER: emergency medical drone deliveries via collaborative network.
Inspection & Monitoring

Inspection & Monitoring

Our UAVs can be equipped with multiple sensors for complex inspection and documentation missions:

  • Buildings and construction (maintenance, evaluation, damage assessment, progress tracking, etc.)
  • Roofs, chimneys, towers
  • Utility / electric power assets: power lines, solar, onshore / offshore wind parks
  • Onshore/ offshore oil assets (pipe / tank / ship structure and UT scanning)
  • Cars, planes, ships, etc
  • Large buildings & infrastructure: stadiums, railway stations, dam walls
  • Roads & railways

Our sensor suite comprises: high-resolution RGB, thermal / IR, multispectral / hyperspectral, muon, ultrasonic, magnetometric / electromagnetic / radio frequency analyzer, air / water quality, gas detection, etc. Sensors are integrated independently, standalone or in combination.

Search & Rescue

Task Forces & Rescue

Mission critical equipment, reliable and fast to deploy in all weather conditions, for use cases such as:

  • Fire fighting, disaster relief, emergency services
  • Police, border control, prisoner monitoring
  • Maritime controls and law enforcement
  • Security services / object protection
  • Technical aid organizations
  • Avalanches, boulders

Our AIR8 Search & Rescue package includes:

  • AIR8 medium range / medium payload drone
  • Wind, water and dust resistant
  • Thermal camera FLIR DUO 640 R with gimbal
  • Integrated drop-off device
  • Robust transport case
    Agriculture & Forestry

    Agriculture & Forestry

    Our UAVs are an essential component of modern and integrated farming. Some of the use cases are highlighted below.

    • Precision farming (zone mapping; optimization of seeds, water, fertilizer)
    • Plant condition, seed development, pest control (eg. Trichogramma for European corn borer)
    • Fawn mark (before harvesting)
    • Cattle/ wild stock counting
    • Damage assessment
    • Land & forest evaluation
    • Spraying: precise spraying (trees, palm trees) or area spraying (crops, fruits)
    • Logistics / transport

    Completed development projects include:

    • RootDetect (UK / Canada) – early detection of clubroot, optimisation of treatment decisions and spatial application delivered through advanced sensors, processes and AI.
    • DrFOREST (Austria) – advanced drone for forestry applications, including exact mapping, damage assessment / evaluation tool and aforestation support (AI-enabled spraying of young trees). 

    Film & Photography

    Research & Development

    We work together with industry partners and academia on future-oriented, pushing-boundary developments.

    Examples of past and ongoing projects are:

    • Wind: DrWIND, DrSUIT, Saturn, SaturnX
    • Solar: DrSOLAR, Multispectral
    • Oil & Gas: FalconScan
    • Agriculture: RootDetect, Flying Eagle
    • Logistics: AeroDrop, AirBhutan, SimLogAI, DrUBER
    • UAV Satcom: Iris 2, UAV-3S

    WIND ENERGY 

    Boost efficiency.
    Minimise downtime.

    Wind energy is currently the largest source of sustainable energy. Growth rates are expected to remain high over the next decades, in particular from offshore wind energy (OWE). AIR6 | AIRBORNE are well positioned in this sector. Our DrWIND solution provides inspection and monitoring service autonomy, not seen in the market before. Based on our drone platforms AIR8 and AIR4 we are re-inventing offshore wind turbine inspection, providing end-to-end autonomy, all delivered from an onshore control centre (OCC), for improved operational efficiency: reduced crew transfer vessel (CTV) rides, lower turbine down-times, more frequent data in high-resolution digital format, no persons at risk; and notably lower cost.

    Our DrWIND R&D activities are organised in 2 projects: DrSUIT – Drone Swarms for Uncrewed Inspection of Wind Turbines, the leading mobile vessel-bound solution, and SaturnX – Satcom Navigated UAS for Remotely Controlled Offshore Wind Farm Inspection and Big Data Management, a stationary/resident solution based on a LARRP (launch, recovery, recharge platform) installed on the offshore substation.

    Talk to our team if you are interested in finding out more about our DrWIND solution for solar panel integrity inspections.

    SOLAR POWER

    Maximise output and optimise maintenance. Make the difference with drones.

    With Green Deal / Net Zero commitments, solar is en route to become the largest source of energy. Drones play an important role in inspecting solar power plants and adding to improved power output, inspection efficiency and system reliability.

    Our solution for solar panel inspection includes an AIR4 or AIR8 drone equipped with SWIR sensor, onboard PC and proprietary software for image capture. This enables you to collect highly actionable images within the Electroluminescence (EL) process for fault detection and classification.

    Talk to our team if you are interested in finding out more about our DrSOLAR solution for solar panel integrity inspections.