A Singaporean company has launched a device which fully automates drone services, potentially allowing UAVs to operate for months without human intervention. Jim Drury reports.
This drone recharging station allows UAVs to power up autonomously. The platform is called Dronebox. Once a drone lands on it, the vehicle is charged inside the box's shelter via solar panels. It could potentially allow drones to operate for months at a time, without physical human intervention. SOUNDBITE (English) TARAS WANKEWYCZ, H3 DYNAMICS FOUNDER AND CEO, SAYING: "What we have done here is gone beyond the fixed sensor, we now have a sensor that can come out of its enclosure and move, so it's a flying sensor that goes back to its enclosure and provides the data back to its operator, it gives you much more information, also live feed on a situation which you would like to respond to as quickly as possible." Data is sent to a central server using an internet or satellite connection. Operators H3 Dynamics say Dronebox has multiple uses. SOUNDBITE (English) TARAS WANKEWYCZ, H3 DYNAMICS FOUNDER AND CEO, SAYING: "For us the Dronebox is kind of like the Mars Rover but on earth, go to very remote areas where we don't want to go, but inspect assets or inspect borders or national security related issues using this device." Other uses include wildlife protection, and oil and gas plant inspection. Oil companies, government agencies, and drone manufacturers have shown interest. Droneboxes will go on sale later this year.