The project builds on the team technological experience in the development of support structures for UAV’s, and on the numerous consultations and interviews with users in the security and military industries.
Objective of the study is to define a viable service based on autonomous UAV addressing the needs of users identified during the study and propose a realistic business model for its market introduction.
Study is working in two different user scenarios and we also integrated a user case which corresponds fully with them:
A. Radioactivity and Chemical Agents measurement using Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
UAV’s are a technology which is the centre of many safety and security development today. The lightweight UAV’s are one ot the specific technologies which enable better coordination of actions and monitoring of affected areas. Our focus is on monitoring of situation involving potential or existing CBRNe threats and on delivering real time or near real time information to involved units.
The users affected by this user scenario are typically military, civil protection units, fire brigades, police forces and also industry.
B. Border and Area monitoring systems using Autonomous UAVs
Many countries have expressed a great deal of interest in UAVs to survey their state border. UAVs do provide several benefits to the state border guards improving the efficiency, covering large parts of the border line in a 24/7 regime. UAV’s can be combined with other technologies and sensors (in-situ and on-board), which improve the accuracy of reliability of reports and commands and minimise false alarms.
Users are naturally the border police, police and military, additionally also prison officers could be interested.
C. User Case Fusion of sensors in network for threat monitoring and agent identification
Detection of an unidentified CBRNe threat and the need to provide an initial assessment of the scene, to detect the type of threat (meaning the agent) and to make an initial assessment of the area impacted by the hazard is key to the above described scenarios. Therefore, its understood as integral part of the study focus.
The objective is to identify or define sensors which optimally can be placed on UAV’ s and combined with sensors distributed in the fields in order to integrated the collected information.
The system concept consist of HW and SW solution.
HW part represents autonomous UAV system:
SW solution has two most important parts:
Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO): Designed systems cover an important component use combination of in-situ and SatEO. This applies for service as meteorological information and forecast to analyse possible situation development. Also available near real time sat imagery is used to visualise the situation and provide best available data to command.
Satellite Navigation (SatNav) is crucial component to autonomous drone services and to military forces and rescue team management in the field. Navigation systems is implemented in wide range in the targeted services.
Satellite Communication (SatCom) is a communication system that can be used as part of the drone hangar to secure data transfer to remote dispatch/command.
Project work is currently in progress.
Project contractors organized a deep markets research and based on meetings and talks with stakeholders identified several groups of potential clients:
Tests with UAVs using radiation and chemical detector sensors in autonomous mode are planned in September 2018.