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One of the prevalent challenges in drone operation is the battery life expectancy. A new autonomous drone charging solution eliminates the need for battery removal or manual charging when a drone battery runs out.
Germany-based Skysense has partnered with Avansig, a Spanish information and communication technology developer, and Prosegur, a global security company also based in Spain.
The result – the iProsegur’s surveillance drone can execute its own patrol route and land itself on Skysense’s charging pad. During surveillance patrols, the drone records and streams real-time video and sends alerts to the security central station when potential security threats or breaches are discovered.
The UAV incorporates closed-circuit television and an autonomous drone charging technology. Eliminating the need for extra personnel, the drone’s ability to dock and recharge itself is a cost-reduction benefit, according to unmanned-aerial.com.
The charging pad transfers up to 500W making it the fastest drone charging solution on the market, according to Skysense’s website.
The Skyports are durable automated shelters that supply drone storage and protect drones during charging and standby.
The drone charging technology embodies all positive aspects of wired charging and the flexibility of induction systems. To make it work, the operator only needs to install the retrofit-kit on the drone and land the drone on the platform without worrying about position and orientation.
“We realized we needed a charging partner at the beginning of the project because we want the drone to work completely unattended,” says David Trillo, CEO of Avansig. “We were in contact with other companies, but we chose Skysense because we felt that their solution was more mature. It works, it’s reliable and it’s simple. Also, the charging time is short.”