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Microdrones on Tour During Trade Show Season 2018: Release of the mdLiDAR3000, as well as Two New mdMapper Systems

By admin In UAV News

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2018

Microdrones on Tour During Trade Show Season 2018: Release of the mdLiDAR3000, as well as Two New mdMapper Systems

The high-powered MD4-3000 VTOL Quadrocopter from Microdrones at Griffiss Business Park on Thursday, August 3, 2018 in Rome, NY. (PHOTO BY NANCY L. FORD)

When you’re in the business of drones for professional applications, such as surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, LiDAR and inspection, fall is an important time of year. 

The Microdrones team has been very busy, on tour showing off three new systems launched in October: mdLiDAR3000, mdMapper1000PPK and mdMapper1000+. Earlier this month, it was The Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas. Then Intergeo 2018 in Frankfurt Germany. Next month it’s back to Las Vegas for Trimble Dimensions. 

We caught up with the team at The Commercial UAV Expo to get the inside scoop on these powerful new tools for professional users! 

MdLiDAR3000 Is the newest LiDAR system from Microdrones that combines the heavy lifting power of the md4-3000 drone with a RIEGL LiDAR and a SONY camera for rapidly producing colourized point clouds.

The new system is unique because it takes advantage of the robust power of md4-3000, the largest Microdrones aircraft which can carry more, fly longer, and reach higher. High payload capacity makes it ideal for handling heavy LiDAR sensors, advanced mapping grade cameras, and multiple sensors and provides the robust platform for heavy duty LiDAR geomatics.

The high-powered MD4-3000 VTOL Quadrocopter from Microdrones at Griffiss Business Park on Thursday, August 3, 2018 in Rome, NY. (PHOTO BY NANCY L. FORD)

The entire integrated system enables the user to quickly acquire high density, accurate LiDAR data in the field and quickly turn it into a 3D colorized pointcloud via popular software. Microdrones President Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil explains how his team got to this point. “Last year, we led the field with the development of mdSolutions like the mdMapper1000DG, the mdTector1000CH4 and our mdLiDAR1000. The new mdLiDAR3000 is the next step in our evolution. Geospatial pros always demand a faster, more effective way to capture elevation data with extreme accuracy. We are very pleased to be the company that can empower them with a powerful new tool to do just that.”

Dr. Mohamed Mostafa, Director of Microdrones mdSolutions is very excited about the product.  “The mdLiDAR3000 has been in development for the past three years and this system is revolutionary. Our md4-3000 is the ideal platform to integrate with the RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV LiDAR. The results capable via our integrated system and easy workflow are very impressive and I will be revealing them at my presentations this week.”

Mike Hogan, Microdrones Sales Director anticipates a high demand for mdLiDAR3000. “We put a lot of effort, time and resources into designing this system and it’s very rewarding to see this come to fruition. This is a serious machine for serious geomatics professionals in the construction, land development, engineering and geomatics trades.”

In addition to this new flagship LiDAR product, the Microdrones team has added new systems to round out its mdMapper lineup: mdMapper1000PPK and mdMapper1000+. 

As a review, each of the now five mdMapper systems is outfitted to deliver turnkey aerial surveying, mapping, data collection, tailored to the needs of the customer, ranging from the mdMapper1000DG to the entry-level, aerial mapping package in the mdMapper200. Our top-line entry, mdMapper1000DG, uses direct georeferencing where customers are able to save time by using fewer or no ground control points for less sidelap and more productivity. Hogan explains, “Although not all of our customers may need the power of direct georeferencing just yet, they all need highly accurate and precise data collection. That’s where the mdMapper1000PPK provides high accuracy with just 1-3 ground control points.” Furthermore, down the road, when a business is ready to expand to DG, the mdMapper1000PPK is easily and affordably upgradeable via the DG READY firmware update.

At an even lower price point comes the new mdMapper1000+. This system is ideal for those who do not need DG or PPK and are willing to install ground control points on site for their projects. Hogan explains, “Customers who frequently fly the same site repeatedly find this to be an adequate solution. Best of all the mdMapper1000+ is ready to expand with the user. It’s both PPK ready and DG ready with a practical and affordable firmware upgrade.”

Geomatics and construction professionals at Intergeo 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany last month lined up to learn more about making integrated drone systems a part of their work from Microdrones head of product development, Dr. Mohamed Mostafa.

If you’re interested in learning more, the Microdrones team would love to talk with you. http://lp.microdrones.com/news

Published at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:38:44 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Flock’s Data Insights Part One: Pilots really do fly safer with Flock

We’ve sold thousands of micro-duration insurance policies to drone pilots across the UK. In this article we look back at the data we’ve collected and share some of our key learnings.

The data-driven approach to insurance

At Flock, we’re reinventing insurance from the ground up. Instead of annual products, we provide short-term drone insurance policies through a mobile app, Flock Cover. Since its launch in January, we’ve insured thousands of hours of drone flights across the UK.

In order for us to offer drone insurance for as little as one hour, we first need to understand the real-time risk conditions of each individual drone flight. To do this, we collect real-time information such as:

  1. Hyperlocal weather data: including wind speed, temperature, probability of rainfall etc.
  2. Environmental data: population density, proximity to ground hazards including hospitals, airports, prisons.

This is then analysed alongside more static information, such as: the pilot’s profile (experience level, claims history etc) and the details of the drone(how heavy it is, its maximum wind speed, and so on).

We then feed all of this information by our algorithms in order to calculate a Flight Risk Metric in a matter of milliseconds. This is quantified as a number from 1–100, and it is this number that our short-term insurance policies are proportionally priced upon.

Flock’s algorithms aggregate and analyse data from various sources to quantify the risk of an individual drone flight

Beyond enabling pilots to easily determine how the price of their policy is calculated, Flock’s Flight Risk Metric unlocks the ability for users to understand the relative risk of each individual drone flight. And with many thousands of drone pilots now using the Flock Cover app, we have the data to show that our pilots are acting on this information to mitigate the risks of their flights.

Key findings

1. On average, Flock pilots will compare 15 different risk-dependent quotes before they purchase a policy. This can involve changing the date and time of a drone flight, or altering its flight plan.

The Flock Cover app empowers pilots to identify what time of the day it is safest to fly. Safer flights are rewarded with cheaper insurance policies.

2. Pilots are using this information to fly safer, with the average Flight Risk Metric decreasing by 4.5. By comparing different Flight Risk Metrics, pilots can identify when and where it is safest to fly their drone in a matter of seconds.

It is easy to compare different Flight Risk Metrics and pinpoint the individual factors that drive the risk.

3. Nearly 45% of our flights are booked in advance using our Flight Planning ToolThis allows Flock pilots to identify their predicted risks up to ten days in advance, and choose the best day or time to fly (for example, avoiding rush-hour or bad weather)

4. And this is helping our users to save money! With Flock pilots typically saving 15% on each policy as a result of reducing their risk. This is the average price difference between a pilot’s first and final risk-dependent quote for a flight: the safer the flight, the cheaper the policy!

Benefits for all

Unlocking the ability to understand and visualise risk at such a granular level empowers pilots to modify their drone flights and optimise towards lower risk flights. Ultimately, safer flights lead to less claims: a win-win for both pilots and insurers.

It’s been less than a year since we launched Flock Cover to the app store. There are still plenty more insights we are excited to provide to our pilots. Some examples include highlighting what specific Risk Factor (wind speed, building density, etc.) is contributing most to the overall quoted price. We’re also exploring an optimisation tool that would allow pilots to easily compare Flight Risk Metrics on a graph over the course of a day.

For now though, it’s encouraging to see the benefits associated with understanding flight risk, and how pilots, insurers, and the drone industry as a whole, are benefiting as a result of flying with Flock.

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Flock is a London-based, Government- and VC-backed ‘insurtech’ startup, pioneering the use of Big Data in drone insurance.

We are on a mission to make the world a safer, smarter place. We have built the world’s leading data-driven risk intelligence and insurance technology for the drone industry. Our first product, Flock Cover, is a mobile app, that quantifies, mitigates and insures drone flight risks (in partnership with Allianz).

www.flockcover.com. The Flock Cover app is free to download from the iOS and Android app stores.

Published at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:21:57 +0000

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