Situational awareness and non-entry inspection
The on-board Lidar also provides the spatial data needed to render a 3D map of the environment that the drone flies in. This 3D map is displayed on the operator’s Scout tablet, together with the live camera footage from the drone’s 4K camera. The 3D map can be zoomed d, panned and rotated to see the situation from any angle.
This provides a situational awareness that allows the operator to understand the space that the drone flies in, as well as the drone’s position and orientation inside it. He/she can even operate the drone beyond line-of-sight, not entering the inspection target, and still have a good overview of everything that’s happening inside.
Without this added visual support, the operator would have to rely on the on-board camera to navigate the drone inside the inspection target. It would not be possible to see what’s behind or next to the drone, nor assess how far the drone is from the nearest obstacle. Knowing that many inspection targets are structurally very repetitive, confusing situations could easily occur where inspection coverage and equipment integrity might be at risk.
The situational awareness enabled by our Scout 137 Drone Inspection System is an indispensable aid to the operator during flight. Together with the stability and anti-collision features of the drone, flying and operating the system becomes easier. It allows more focus on the inspection job itself. In turn, more personnel are eligible for the inspection job and training becomes easier.