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Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Gilching, Germany, and Hilversum, The Netherlands, April 7th, 2021 Quantum-Systems GmbH has announced a new distribution partnership with BSS Holland BV, based in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

BSS Holland is dedicated to supporting its customers in accelerating its OODA (observe-orient-decide-act) – loop. They focus on C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), sensor integration, and manned, unmanned and remote-controlled platforms. The collaboration with Quantum-Systems is focused on building future readiness for the Tactical Edge, helping professionals in the defense and homeland security organizations by providing state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, including real-time observation and analysis as well as tactical mapping.

“We have been in contact with Quantum-Systems for a while and were immediately triggered by their product portfolio, roadmap, and strategy to create a family of systems for short and long-range ISR and mapping. We also like the fact that Quantum-Systems is collaborating with partner companies for their mission control software, AI, and sensors which is fundamental for Human-Machine Teaming. Lowering the cognitive load of the operators and support the soldiers to create actionable information from the sensor data is important for our defense customers.”

Robert Breedveld

Managing Partner, BSS Holland BV

Quantum-Systems added to unmanned systems solutions portfolio.

BSS Holland has recently added the Quantum-Systems Vector™ & Scorpion™ 2-in-1 ISR platform plus the Trinity™ F90+ large-scale mapping drone to its offering, expanding it with eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs.
The Vector & Scorpion 2-in-1 platform offers customer access to a deployment kit consisting of two configuration possibilities: An eVTOL fixed-wing long-endurance UAS and a Tri-Copter short-endurance UAS in one system, sharing the same fuselage. Changing between the two is a matter of seconds and possible without any tools, which opens further applications with just one UAS.

Vector™ delivers live video streams and high-quality aerial data with AI onboard.

Vector™ provides long-endurance, versatile and flexible characteristics that are exceeding the performance of conventional UAS platforms. It is suited for advanced ISR missions, streaming live data in real-time using a Mesh IP encrypted data link with a range of 15+ kilometers. Being equipped with advanced AI capabilities, the data assessment process of Vector is supported by automatic identification and tracking algorithms, providing on-the-ground tactical units with important safety and efficiency benefits. Vector features a single flight time of 120 minutes and is also suited for applications such as Search & Rescue (SAR), Live Area Mapping, and Convoy and VIP Protection. Vector integrates dual EO and IR gimbal sensors, enabling missions both, day and night.

Scorpion™ is suitable to operate in urban environments and in tethered configuration.

Scorpion is a Tri-Copter, using the same fuselage as Vector, leading to fast deployment on-site when changing the configuration and reducing training efforts for the user. Scorpion features a single flight time of 45 minutes and is ideal for smaller-scale use, for example in densely built urban areas. For stationary use, such as monitoring crowds or surveilling objects Scorpion can be configured with a Tethering System. Scorpion is using the same Mesh IP encrypted HD data link as Vector with an operating range of at least 15 kilometers to submit aerial video data in real-time.   

Trinity F90+ is optimized to efficiently acquire high-resolution aerial data.

BSS Holland’s drone offering will be rounded-off with the Trinity F90+ – Quantum-Systems’ flagship large-scale fixed-wing mapping drone. The Trinity F90+ is a professional large-scale mapping drone designed to capture high-resolution aerial data in a user-friendly and highly efficient manner. The Trinity F90+ integrates multiple, high-precision survey-grade sensors in an easily accessible and exchangeable payload compartment – including RGB, multi-spectral, thermal, and even LiDAR. The Trinity F90+ can cover an area of up to 700 hectares with one flight, achieving a flight time of 90 minutes and more with the same battery. The Trinity F90+ comes standard with a GNSS reference station, offering high-precision PPK and RTK enabling the geotagging relative precision of down to 2-5 cm in respect to the antenna placement point.
In operations, where knowing the terrain is a decisive factor, the Trinity F90+ safely and quickly provides high-precision geospatial data that can serve as a base for intelligence operation, tactical decision, and operations.

Quantum-Systems is agnostic when it comes to data post-processing. The captured images and all metadata are suitable for the common software suits for further post-processing. Data captured with the Trinity F90+ can be processed to generate 2D maps or 3D reconstructions of vertical environment, or using it for DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, and ortho mosaics.  Data from high-precision sensors such as PPK receivers, survey-grade color, multispectral cameras, and LiDAR are all fully supported by the common software platforms Quantum-Systems is partnering with. Thanks to Quantum-Systems’ licensed partnership with ESRI, users have online and offline access in the field to curated mapping data.

“I am very excited to welcome Robert Breedveld and his team from BSS Holland to our Dealer network. Vector and Trinity both have undergone intensive testing by BSS and their governmental users. After an extensive program, they are now officially available in the Netherlands, customer-ready.”

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

The Vector and Scorpion platform was officially released for sales in 2020 with several governmental clients in Germany and the U.S. Trinity was introduced to the market in late 2017 and is used for mapping projects in the agricultural sector, in the mining business, or by construction companies all over the world, transforming decision-making processes for the better by aerial data intelligence.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Our sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. We continuously integrate high-precision sensors into our systems for increased aerial data intelligence. Using these methods, we are transforming decision-making processes for the professional user in both the commercial and governmental sectors.
For more information about Quantum-Systems visit www.quantum-systems.com.

Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff
Phone: +49 (0)8105 24150 64
E-mail: csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com

About BSS Holland

BSS wants to contribute to making the world a safer and more secure environment to live and work in for citizens, first responders, and soldiers. We are providing turnkey C5ISR solutions which make the operators in the defense and homeland security organizations more agile and effective.

BSS is passionate about helping customers to understand what kind of effects technology has on their strategy, management, organization, command control, material, personnel, and training.

BSS Holland BV was established in 2008 as an autonomous and independent Dutch company with an international orientation willing and able to act as a trusted partner for its clients finding solutions for challenging security and defense mission gaps.
For more information about BSS Holland visit https://bssholland.com/.

Contact:
Joyce Stuurman
Phone: +31 (0)35 205 72 72
E-mail: joyce.stuurman@bssholland.com

QBase 3D Release v2.3.24

QBase 3D Release v2.3.24

New QBase 3D Version now available for all pilots!

Munich, Germany – 30th March 2021 – Quantum-Systems just released the newest version of its ground control station software QBase 3D today. This release is packed with new functionality, focusing especially on the new LIDAR payload Qube 240. The new features are:

This update is free for all users of QBase 3D! So we can guarantee that every user always has the latest features available. The update function offers the appropriate possibility for this!

If you are thinking about using QBase 3D or want to get an overview of the user interface, we suggest you visit our YouTube channel in addition to the possibility to download a full version of QBase 3D from our website.

Planning features

Qube 240 LiDAR Sensor now supported

Support of new Qube 240 LIDAR for Trinity F90+ with a one-click calibration flight pattern and point density preview

New loiter to altitude waypoint type

This added feature makes planning easier with regards to altitude changes

Improved measure tool

The new measure tool allows line string distances and offers cursor coordinate and elevation view

New maximum takeoff altitudes for Trinity F90+ are now supported

Post-processing features

  • Horizontal and vertical accuracy now available in image geo tags and CSV file for better compatibility with Pix4D and Agisoft
  • PostProcessing Command Line Interface now supports Propeller Aero files

These are just some of the improvements we implemented

Some additional features are:

  • Criticality filter and voice warnings for ADS-B contacts
  • RINEX Exporter for iBase files
Quantum-Systems introduces geomatics grade, high-speed scanning LiDAR payload

Quantum-Systems introduces geomatics grade, high-speed scanning LiDAR payload

The Qube 240 payload is a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner for the Trinity F90+ UAV and it endures up to 60 minutes of flight time with this combination.

Gilching, Germany, February 22nd, 2021 Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) sensors, partly traded as the key technology of the future for autonomous driving are also the first choice for highly productive survey tasks.

Until recently, LiDAR payloads were hardly affordable for SMEs due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems and YellowScan come in and offer a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner integrated into the payload compartment of the Trinity F90+ drone including software package without having to compromise on data quality.

Qube 240 LiDAR
Qube 240 LiDAR side view with LEDs 02

A small and powerful LiDAR sensor for the Trinity F90+ UAS

The Qube 240 LiDAR sensor inherits the YellowScan Ultra Surveyor LiDAR scanner. This was the first integration into our Tron UAS platform in 2017. Advances in miniaturization and performance improvements across the board now increased range and accuracy with a significantly smaller form factor. This is impressively reflected in the cost reduction of over 50% for the overall system.

Qube 240 LiDAR

​A geomatics grade LiDAR solution from a single source

The Qube 240 LiDAR provides essential information for surveying and mapping by generating an accurate 3D image of the process environment through 240.000 distance measurements per second.
Oustanding absolute accuracy is achieved with the help of the integrated Applanix APX15 INS. One can speak of a geodetic accuracy that was previously only achievable with LiDAR Systems of the upper price segment. The easy handling and user-friendly integration will convince customers. Fast and easy processing of the raw data is an additional benefit.

The solution comes with YellowScan CloudStation software which is enclosed in an adapted variant with a 1-year subscription license.

Ideal applications for the usage on board UAVs are in the following application scenarios:

  • Power Line Surveying and Mapping
  • Forestry & Agricultural Surveying and Mapping
  • Mobile Surveying and Mapping

“The Qube 240 convinces professionals with 240,000 shots per second, for which up to three reflections are measured. The result impresses on the one hand with an extremely high point density with 50-100 points per square meter, and on the other hand with very good penetration of the vegetation. This way, the creation of digital terrain models under forest is also possible without any problems.

All in all, I do not know of any comparable solution worldwide, considering the weight, the performance, and the accuracy. We are especially pleased to be able to offer our customers a novelty for our Trinity F90+ UAS.”

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

Features and availability of the Qube 240 LiDAR

The development and technical integration began in the second half of 2020 based on the cooperation with YellowScan. Which was already in years of existence. We achieved our goal to develop a geomatics-grade LiDAR sensor for our Trinity F90+ drone!

A payload with unique key data:

  • Geomatics Grade LiDAR
  • Class 1 (Eye Safe)
  • Wavelength: 905 nm
  • Maximum altitude: 140m AGL
  • Precision: 1.8-2.5 cm
  • Accuracy: < 3 cm
  • Scanner field of view: 70°
  • 240,000 shots per second
  • Point density @100m: 50-100 points/m²
  • Multi-echo technology: up to 3 echoes per shot
  • Applanix POSPacTM UAV, GNSS, and INS software for PPK
  • Qube 240 data processing software to generate survey-grade LAS Files.
Qube 240 LiDAR

“Impressive is the point density, even under vegetation and the low noise of the data. The sample data we collected so far also contains several GCPs some of which were covered with snow or are on loose ground and were measured two years ago. Nevertheless, one can see the extremely high accuracy of the system.

The balanced representation of the intensity values of the point cloud is also striking. These values are in any case better than the intensity values of comparable or even more expensive systems, like Velodyne PUK32 systems.”

Martin Herkommer

Senior Sales Manager, Quantum-Systems GmbH

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

Our sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. We continuously integrate high precision sensors into our systems for increased aerial data intelligence. Using these methods, we are transforming decision-making processes for the professional user in both the commercial and governmental sectors.

Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff
Marketing Manager at Quantum-Systems
csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com
+49 8105 24150 64

 

About YellowScan

At YellowScan we design, develop, and build our UAV LiDAR solutions to exceed the expectations of professionals that require performance, robustness, and accuracy. Our complete hardware and software solutions are easy to use data collection tools coming with an unparalleled level of training and support from our experts.

Founded in 2012, YellowScan has customers around the world, and are used in surveying, forestry, environmental research, archaeology, industrial inspection, civil engineering, and mining sectors. Based in the South of France, we have sales and support offices around the globe.

Contact
Morgane Selve
Communication Manager at YellowScan
+33 4 11 93 14 23
morgane.selve@yellowscan-lidar.com

Drones with 5G technology – The “FreeRail” project consortium successfully completes first test series together with Ericsson.

Drones with 5G technology – The “FreeRail” project consortium successfully completes first test series together with Ericsson.

Why does it make sense to implement 5G mobile communications in drones? Professional mapping drones are equipped with cameras that create high-resolution aerial images. The collected data is used to serve various industries and diverse use cases. The amount of data is constantly increasing and needs to be transferred to a server or data cloud for analysis. For specific cases or on request by the users, data from the flying drone must be transmitted in real-time to a ground control station.

This is the case when inspecting and monitoring infrastructure or when assessing a live situation during rescue operations. In the future, 5G technology is a possible solution approach to ensure more transmission capacity in the network and higher transmission speeds on a sustainable basis. At full network coverage, 5G mobile communication offers the possibility of controlling the drone with almost unlimited range and sending the captured data to the control centers in real-time.

For DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH in particular, this is an essential requirement when it comes to inspecting DB AG’s approximately 34,000-kilometer route network from the air using drones and validating the data in near time. The “FreeRail” project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), is concerned with automating precisely this use case. Quantum-Systems GmbH, DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences (THI), the city of Ingolstadt, and geo-konzept GmbH are partners in the “FreeRail” project consortium. In October 2020 together with Ericsson, project partner of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium, Quantum-Systems successfully completed a first test series for the implementation of 5G technology in the Trinity F90+ drones.

Scientists from Ingolstadt University of Technology and experts from Ericsson played a leading role in the technical implementation of this 5G test mission.

In a wide-ranging test series, a test system with a cellular modem and camera was installed in a Trinity F90+ drone. Tests were then carried out in the test field provided by Ericsson for the “5G-Connected Mobility” project near Nuremberg. The testbed provides a 5G network infrastructure with numerous new 5G techniques such as edge computing as well as a real application environment. During the flight tests various data transmission metrics were measured at various altitudes up to 100 meters, such as signal quality, data throughput, and transmission delay. Further tests used the 5G technology Network Slicing available in the test field. Long-range, real-life tests also tried out handoffs between multiple mobile cells during 45-minute flights.

“The results of the tests have shown that reliable connectivity to the drone can be ensured via 5G and that the capacity is sufficient for the applications tested.”
Pierre Ulfig

Quantum-Systems GmbH

The advantages of the new 5G mobile standard are obvious: with data transmission rates of several Gbits/s and latency of well below 5ms, it is possible to transmit data in near real-time. This makes 5G technology considerably more powerful than the LTE mobile communications standard used to date.
“The great potential for transmitting payload data as well as the numerous 5G techniques such as edge computing and network slicing can be used advantageously for drone applications.”
Prof. Andreas Festag

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

QBase 3D Release 2.3.22

QBase 3D Release 2.3.22

New QBase 3D Version 2.3.22 now available for all pilots!

Close to the end of the year we are very happy to release a new version of our mission planning software.
At this point, as always, a big thank you to all users of our software for your feedback and suggestions. Without your input our work would not be possible! ​

New Features

  • New maps available, imagery with labels and open street map
  • Added new UMC-TeAx payload
  • Added coming home estimation on battery low

imagery with labels and open street map

General

  • Expanded warning dialog on upload mission with critical warnings to include
    checkboxes
  • Descriptive messages are now displayed replacing PPK error codes
  • Centralized leg planning modes
  • Improved display of return for time, battery or waypoint limit reasons
  • Implemented adding of multiple local reference files at once
  • Improved highlighting of the current flight leg
  • If more than one camera is selected, the GSD plot will show the GSD behavior for both cameras

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed update of current values in ADS-B settings view
  • Fixed elevation data download on slow or shaky internet connections
  • Fixed wrong remaining mission after resume mission
  • Fixed display of Unknown transponder mode
  • Create CSV tagging file without payload
  • Forced aircraft to turn as in QBase simulation on Aligned Direction waypoints
  • Fixed triggers outside the target area
  • Fixed wrong SOC and flight times sent to the autopilot
  • Fixed calculation of angles for Pix4D exporter
  • Fixed time offset in propeller aero export
  • Updated elevation data status icons
  • Fixed timer in multispectral camera calibration dialog and added voice countdown
  • Fixed simulation issue with strong crosswinds
  • Prevented double display of coming home path
Use Case – Counting Over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

Use Case – Counting Over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

As a supplier of professional drones, we are particularly pleased when we get insights into the work of our customers. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to present a project of the UL Ecosystems Lab at the University of Louisiana.

The goal of the project was to automate the process of counting pelican nests on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA.

The Trinity F90+ drone was used to map the island off of coastal Louisiana that is critically important for brown pelicans, and other seabird, nesting. Traditional surveys at the islands are done on foot and with airplanes, but the Nelson Ecosystem Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette wanted to apply new count methods and automate the counting process. The Trinity platform allows the researchers to access these remote islands and count the pelican nests while avoiding disturbing these delicate habitats.

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