When autumn storms rage or snow masses in winter weigh heavily on rotten trees then chaos in rail traffic was often pre-programmed in recent years.
The “FreeRail” project, which has been running since September 2019, will be funded under the Modernitätsfond (“mFUND“) funding directive with a total of EUR 2.82 million from 1 September 2019, 67% of which will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. A big step for the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH and its project partners.
The project consortium consists of experts from DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH, geo-konzept GmbH, Technical University Ingolstadt and the city of Ingolstadt under the project management of the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH. The starting point of the joint project “FreeRail” deals with a digital solution for a growing problem in the maintenance of the infrastructure of Deutsche Bahn (DB).
Fully automated railway inspection as one goal for the FreeRail project
Controlling and maintaining the constantly growing vegetation along DB’s 33,440 km long rail network is a time-consuming and challenging task for DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH. In order to comply with the prescribed traffic safety obligation, the vegetation along the entire route network must be inspected, documented and evaluated by qualified personnel at least once a year. At the same time, rail traffic should not be disrupted during this control work.
In the “FreeRail” project, the scientific and technical principles of a future, fully automated, drone-based system for digitized vegetation control and registration of damage following storms along Deutsche Bahn’s route network are to be developed by February 2022. On the one hand, the aim is to design and investigate the technologies and operating processes required for this. On the other hand, a functional demonstrator is to be developed and tested on a selected route section.
Trinity eVTOL UAV combined with self-contained drone hangar
With the help of a long-range drone from the Trinity UAV line from Quantum-Systems GmbH, which is capable of vertical launch, different sensor data will be collected along the test track. The drone will take off and land fully automatically from a self-sufficient drone hangar permanently stationed in the immediate vicinity of the test track. Using a special communication and data processing system, the collected data is automatically evaluated and transferred to the responsible employee of DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH.
Within the framework of traffic control and digital infrastructure management in Bavaria, the project will now receive financial support from the mFUND of the BMVI as of 01.09.2019.
With the mFUND research initiative, the BMVI has been supporting research and development projects on data-based digital applications for mobility 4.0 since 2016. In addition to financial support, the mFUND supports networking between actors from politics, business and research with various event formats, as well as access to the data portal mCLOUD. Further information can be found at www.mfund.de.
Every year, the Oktoberfest “die Wiesn” attracts several million visitors from all over the world to the state capital Munich. As at any large event, such a high number of visitors presents the emergency services with major logistical challenges.
In order to be able to guarantee the safety of the visitors, plans of action and scenarios must be planned in advance in order to be able to help effectively and efficiently where necessary during the 16 festive days.
The Oktoberfest in 470 images
To support exactly this mission planning the DLR (German Aerospace Center) teamed up with Quantum-Systems and created a map of the festival grounds. A Trinity F90+ UAV equipped with a Sony RX1 II camera scanned the area of 40ha in a 15-minute flight.
With a special permit it flew at 200m above ground and achieved a ground sample distance of 2.5 cm/px using its PPK capability. (PPK – Post Processing Kinematics: Simply put, a technique to correct GPS signals to achieve an accuracy in the centimeter range)
The gathered 470 images with a total size of 19GB were then post processed by the DLR and combined into a single map.
This map will be used by the Munich fire department to verify evacuation and emergency approach routes and to improve the situation overview in the control center.
Drones – not just a buzzword
Drones are one of the markets of the future and still have to prove their benefits to society. Application scenarios like this can help to increase the acceptance of drones.
Especially in densely populated areas around the Theresienwiese in Munich, the use of drones is less costly and time-consuming than a manned aircraft.
The flight for this project took place before the Oktoberfest, but depending on the legal situation, it may also be possible in the future to fly during the festive season if the situation requires so. However, this will take a few more years until the appropriate framework conditions for such an operation have been created.
Special thanks to Thomas Oswald for providing video and photo material!
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Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
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Quantum-Systems GmbH released the enhanced version of the Trinity F9, the Trinity F90+ today at the Intergeo in Stuttgart. With a flight time of 90+ minutes combined with long range telemetry solution of up to 7.5 km and PPK capabilities for more accuracy. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art features are available on both sides, hardware and software.
Increased flight time up to 90 minutes with dual payload configuration
Featuring new motors and increased battery capacity, the Trinity F90+ can now stay in the air for 90+ minutes. In addition, there are sufficient reserves to accommodate payloads of up to 700g. It is now possible to equip a dual payload configuration of Sony UMC-R10C and MicaSense RedEdge–MX to make use of RGB & multispectral sensors in one flight. Simply perform more demanding missions in less time! (E.g. Map up to 700 ha @1.26 inch/px GSD (3.2 cm/px) at 120 m AGL).
Long range 2.4GHz telemetry
In addition to the dual variant, single payloads with Sony RX1R II, Sony UMC-R10C, MicaSense RedEdge-MX and Altum are also available. All combined with a high range telemetry solution covering up to 7.5 km.
Live air traffic in QBase3D for advanced operational awareness (ADS-B in & out)
The flight safety is further increased by the automatic integration of the live air traffic info into QBase3D, the included software for mission planning, monitoring and post-processing. With the help of the pingUSB from uAvionix, the UAV pilot now receives high-quality tracking data from other aircraft around him to increase its operational awareness significantly. An optional ADS–B–out upgrade is also available in order to meet the highest regulatory requirements.
PPK & iBase (PPK Base Station) for best-in-class accuracy
For all surveyors and professionals that require highly accurate data down to a few centimeters, the Trinity F90+ enables them to reduce typical GNSS geotagging errors of several meters down to 2 – 5 cm via auxiliary GNSS data collection in flight.
The PPK module comes with an additional PPK base station, called iBase, for reliable reference data in an instant. Thanks to a strong cooperation between u-blox and Quantum-Systems, massively increased data accuracy at dramatically reduced costs is now possible with the all new Trinity F90+.
The new Trinity F90+ is available now to all existing resellers, end users and potential customers through our current distribution network. The delivery happens at a first-come-first-serve basis. The Trinity F90+ comes at a retail price of 14,900 EUR (excl. VAT).
“With the launch of the Trinity in 2017, we have been able to demonstrate to our customer base that they can rely on a durable and long-lasting UAV with a modern payload concept. With its price-performance ratio and industry leading enhancements, the new Trinity F90+ definitely has what it takes to further stir up the UAV market. We have listened to our professional customers to give them the perfect tool for their work and are confident that the Trinity F90+ will meet their high expectations. We’re excited to see our users’ feedback on our new product and how we can move from there to leverage it to the next level.” Emphasizes Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems.
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Emergencies where every second counts, to ensure that help arrives on site, are not bound to easily accessible places. This is exactly where drones can offer a decisive advantage to deliver a critical time advantage.
The South Africa National Blood Service (SANBS) was looking for a carrier platform to transport blood from SANBS sites to hospitals for exactly this scenario. The Tron F9 from Quantum-Systems was the preferred choice. With a 2.0 kg payload and a range of 100 km+, it offers enough reserves to transport up to 4 units of blood in time with active temperature cooling and monitoring.
What is the mission of SANBS?
To reliably provide trusted blood products and services to all patients at a world class level of cost and quality while innovating new treatment to enhance human healthcare.
What are you doing at SANBS?
I am the Project Lead and Head of Drone Operations (ICT Service Delivery Manager aswell).
how can UAVs help SANBS to succeed?
When a patient requires blood in an emergency, time is of utmost importance and I believe UAVs will address this. Prompt delivery of blood and blood products to our patients, utilizing UAVs, especially in rural areas, where traditional transport systems cannot get to or takes too long to reach its final destination.
Bloodwing Custom Payload
Enough space and payload in the CG (center of gravity) of the Tron for a maximum of 4 blood transfusions – safely stored and cooled for a quick delivery
Why did you go for Quantum-Systems?
We (The Drone Task Team) investigated a number of #UAV options in the market (locally and internationally), against the following criteria:
2. 2 Way logistics
3. Range – min 100KM flight distance
5. Security of UAV (Datalinks)
6. Payload (min 2 KGs which is equivalent to 4 units of blood)
7. Payload to be in CG
8. Active Monitoring and Temperature Control of cargo (blood and blood products)
9. G Forces on cargo (blood and blood products)
10. Electric VTOL (SANBS is supportive of going ‘Green” (environmentally friendly)
11. Ease of use for Mission Planning
Based on these criteria, the TRON designed by Quantum Systems was the UAV of choice.
The Tron convinced with its capabilities as a versatile UAV system.
How did the partnership progress?
The partnership has been very positive. The advice, guidance and collaboration has paved the way to where we are and what the future may look like.
Florian and his team believes in the goodness of this project (#Drones4Good) and that is evident by the time and effort the team has given and not to mention the number of work packages provided at no cost to SANBS (being an NPO, this goes a long way). Our interaction (SANBS and QS teams) over the past year has been amazing, you would think we knew each other for years. I have not been disappointed to date, we have had our disagreements but at the end of the day, we did what was in SANBS’s best interest. I believe it is healthy to have disagreements and to challenge each other, this builds mature partnerships. To have UAV partner that agrees to everything is probably a recipe for disaster and would have huge cost implications.
(Vincent, Amit and Jakob after a project meeting. Vincent and Jakob developed the cooling system and the monitoring of the payload
How did the Tron benefit your work?
The final product is the Tron, it does not get any better. The first time I saw this UAV,I was enthusiastic about the possibilities and already existing features. There have been some additions, with the active cooling and monitoring of the cargo bay to accommodate the blood packages.
100km operating radius at the push of a button
Especially in difficult to access, rural areas, UAVs can provide the crucial time advantage.
What do you wish for the future regarding UAVs in transportational use cases?
I would like to see more clearer guidance from the relevant regulators (Transport and Logistics industry) about drone use. I believe this will make things easier for the relevant CAA’s. Maybe the introduction of a drone regulator this to assist on only for transportation use cases, but for the use of Drones. I think we need to work on this one in the future.
What would you recommend to professionals who think about adding a UAV to their quiver of instruments?
Know the laws and regulations about the use case prior to choosing a UAV. Choose the right partner and UAV that is suited for your needs, don’t rush into making this decision. So basically apart from the CAA rules and regulations, there would be certain things from a medical and transportation perspective that one would need abide to for the transportation of Blood.
Everyone wants to be the first but it would be beneficial for more collaborative approaches but I suppose it’s easy for me to want this as I work for an NPO. The more we work together, the better it will be for the industry and save on costs. I would like to see more being done for #Drones4Good.
What will SANBS look like in 10 years? What is your vision and what role will drones play in it?
It a tough one, UAV’s is a part of what SANBS does but UAV’s will become part of our current logistics, I don’t see our fleet of vehicles being replaced, not in the next 10 years.
My vision for the Blood Service will be, that , wherever and whenever there is a request for blood, our UAV’s will ensure that the blood is delivered timeously for the people of South Africa. To also see what we have done being rolled out in Africa and internationally. What we are doing can be used in many industries and not limited to delivery of blood or blood products only.
It would be my dream to start an organization or an entity that is focused on Drones4Good (UN … hint .. hint). To see a group of companies and individuals from all over the world, working together on a #Drones4Good campaign, would be amazing. A true Drones4Good campaign would be in the best interest of serving humanity, and who would not want to be part of that.