Modernity Fund (mFUND) for project “FreeRail” approved

Modernity Fund (mFUND) for project “FreeRail” approved

FreeRail Project – Automated recording of vegetation near the tracks and of storm damage along the Deutsche Bahn network with autonomously operated drones (Trinity)

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.

Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Presented at the Intergeo in Stuttgart this week, our newest UAV, the Trinity F90+, already completed its first mission at the Oktoberfest in Munich last Friday.

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!
Music by Bensound

#Oktoberfest #Wiesn #München #Drone #firstresponder #Feuerwehr #Munich #DLR #Polizei #Oktobefest2019 #Wiesn2019 #UAV #TrinityF90Plus

Contact Quantum-Systems GmbH
Friedrichshafener Str. 2
82205 Gilching
Dipl.-Ing. Georg Rudnick (MBE) – Senior-System-Engineer
E-Mail: info@quantum-systems.com
Web: quantum-systems.com

Contact Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin
Karsten Stebner  – Sicherheitsforschung und Anwendungen (OS-SEC)
E-Mail: karsten.stebner@dlr.de
Web: dlr.de

Contact Berufsfeuerwehr München
Landeshauptstadt München
Kreisverwaltungsreferat – Branddirektion
Abteilung Einsatzlenkung
Unterabteilung Einsatzführung
An der Hauptfeuerwache 8
80331 München
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Zollner – Brandoberrat
E-Mail: christian.zollner@muenchen.de

Trinity F90+ UAV with PPK, long range telemetry and ADS-B in & out

Trinity F90+ UAV with PPK, long range telemetry and ADS-B in & out

Gilching, Germany – September 17, 2019:

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 RedEdgeMX 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 ADSBout 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.

Trinity F90 Price List

Quantum-Systems Brochure 2019/2020

SANBS Bloodwing project – Behind the Scenes

SANBS Bloodwing project – Behind the Scenes

​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.

The following interview with Amit Singh from SANBS provides insight into Project #BloodWing. The initial article about this project can be found here.

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:

1.  Speed
2.  2 Way logistics
3.  Range – min 100KM flight distance
4.  Safety
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.

Quantum-Systems’ professional drones are now officially approved for use with Delair.ai

Quantum-Systems’ professional drones are now officially approved for use with Delair.ai

We are glad to welcome a new commercial drone supplier in Delair’s global, open ecosystem of partners. The partnership will combine Quantums’ VTOL UAVs and Delair’s hardware-agnostic analytics solution to empower aerial data programs in mining, aggregates, surveying and mapping, power and utilities.

At the Esri User Conference 2019, Delair and Quantum-Systems GmbH, a specialist in the development and production of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drones, will present their collaboration to offer a complete integrated, easy-to-use workflow to answer the needs of specific industries and use cases in mining, aggregates, construction, and power and utilities. This partnership is made possible by a shared mission of our teams to equip end users – geospatial specialists and site managers – with the most optimal tools to support their aerial intelligence strategy.

New combination of UAV hardware and software platform for data analytics

The partnership associates the data collection capabilities of the Quantum-Systems’ UAVs especially when take-off and landing must occur in challenging, small or confined environments, with the imagery analysis, cloud computing and machine learning technologies available on the Delair Aerial Intelligence (delair.ai) cloud platform.

For enterprises who rely on aerial data to support their core business, they face a real challenge ensuring this data can be leveraged across different teams. The Delair.ai solution is designed to turn data from digital twins into actionable business insights, thanks to enterprise-focused workflows and powerful industry-specific analytics.

Benjamin Michel, Chief Product Officer at Delair: We have designed delair.ai to be compatible with any drone-based data in order to enable our customers to deploy fully automated and cloud-connected commercial drone operations at scale. We are really pleased about having Quantums’ solutions as a part of our ecosystem since they are a leading provider of electric VTOL drones, a technology that is a great fit for some of our customers in the mining, construction or utilities markets.”

The Quantum-Systems UAVs are perfectly integrated to delair.ai, capturing highly accurate aerial data that will be turned into consumable, shareable, and actionable insights on delair.ai. The workflow is fully automated and user-friendly, to rapidly and repeatedly analyze comprehensive imagery of an unlimited number of sites, thus saving time and reducing the global operating costs of a drone operation.

Florian Seibel, Chief Executive Officer at Quantum-Systems: Delair is recognized as the pre-eminent supplier of enterprise-class software solutions for the UAV industry. Their hardware-agnostic cloud solution is probably the industry’s most powerful platform to manage, analyze and share aerial data. By providing an integrated workflow between two cutting-edge systems, the collaboration creates a full lifecycle solution, and illustrates how strategic partnerships can help meet customer demand and accelerate time to market in a competitive high-tech market.”

In the near future, the Quantum-Systems UAV portfolio will be available through Delair’s international reseller network. In a first stage, delair.ai will be offered as a software solution with every Quantum-Systems UAV.

Subsequently, hard- and software will also be available from both Delair and Quantum-Systems to extend the reach of our dealer network on both sides. In case of support customers worldwide can rely on fast and straightforward help.

Creating a global, open commercial drone ecosystem to answer customer needs

Since day one, Delair has offered both hardware and software solutions to customers in a wide array of industries. Envisioning a more mature commercial drone market where there is a real opportunity to answer quickly and efficiently to specific customer needs, Delair is partnering with leading industry players who are also committed to moving fast and solving real problems that customers face. That means really understanding what these customers do today and presenting them solutions that help them save time and money while increasing safety.

The team at Quantum-Systems shares Delair’s vision to federate this global community of drone technology suppliers in order to accelerate the global market.

“The drone ecosystem has a lot of talented players today, and likewise there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the diversity of use cases requiring drone solutions. Building an open ecosystem of competent partners will allow Delair to provide the right products to our customers, ultimately giving them the required business insights needed to succeed,” adds Benjamin Michel at Delair.

We are really excited to onboard Quantum-Systems in our community of passionate drone suppliers. We look forward to offering our combined products to the market along with joining forces with like-minded drone vendors.

Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

As a specialist for unmanned “eVTOL” UAV systems, Quantum-Systems presents two innovative UAS innovations for tactical deployment scenarios together with the aviation company ESG.

Oberpfaffenhofen, Fürstenfeldbruck, 4th of June 2019
Within the framework of the forum “Unmanned Systems” of the Studiengesellschaft DWT, Quantum-Systems GmbH and ESG present with Vector and Scorpion real world novelties in the field of electrically operated, unmanned systems for tactical deployment scenarios.

The Vector combines the performance advantages of a fixed-wing aircraft with the vertical take-off capability of a helicopter. In just a few simple steps, you can switch to the Scorpion configuration and use the benefits of a sophisticated tri-copter setup thanks to the 2in1 system.

This allows a fast and highly flexible response to different challenges of changing deployment scenarios. Due to their design, Vector and Scorpion are ideal for tactical reconnaissance and surveillance missions even in demanding weather conditions.

Both systems share the following specifications:

  • 15+ km command & control range
  • Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL)
  • EO/IR HD Gimbal option
  • Made for harsh environmental conditions (-20 up to 45+°C)
  • Heated batteries for operation in cold temperatures
  • AES 256-bit encrypted data and mission link
  • Small footprint (operation by one person)
  • Glass fiber and Kevlar honeycomb sandwich airframe

VECTOR eVTOL FIXED WING

The mathematical definition of a vector fits very well for the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems. It can point into any direction: upward, forward or down. That’s exactly what the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems is capable to do. Vertical take-off. Energy efficient long range fixed wing flight and back to a vertical landing. All automatic no pilot or operator input needed. Just fly.

“VECTOR – The 2in1 vertical take-off reconnaissance UAV”

Flexible and enduring, the Vector provides flight and surveillance characteristics to military and security forces that are exceeding performance of current tactical UAV platforms in service all over the world. It is a military grade UAV System built to last and bring capabilities to the battlefield not available as of today.

A military encrypted mesh IP link sends video streams up to 15+ km range. A flight time of up to 120 minutes speaks for itself. All combined in a compact and robust electric VTOL UAV.

  • Vertical take-off fixed-wing UAV
  • 15-25m/s flight speed
  • Up to 120 min flight time

The 2in1 System design opens up further applications with the “Scorpion” configuration – By removing the wings and attaching a separate set of copter arms a dedicated multi copter platform becomes available for an even wider variety of mission applications.
Either use a VTOL fixed-wing or a conventional copter – in both cases you only need one system to train on and to deploy it on site.

SCORPION TRI-COPTER

It is not only the optics that the Scorpion has in common with its animal fellow. Like the Vector it is also optimized for use in adverse conditions with extreme temperatures. The centerpiece is identical to the fixed-wing Vector UAV housing gimbal, autopilot and data link. The larger propellers and motors of the Scorpion make it a state-of-the-art tri-copter with live video data link for various mission scenarios.

The Scorpion impresses with an HD data link of up to 15+ km range. As a tri-copter it is ideal for smaller-scale and stationary use, for example in densely built-up areas. With a flight time of up to 45 minutes, it can cover a wide range of applications.

Coming with the built in 2in1 ability to always convert back to the Vector UAV the Scorpion’s core features are:

  • Tri-Copter UAV
  • 0-15 m/s flight speed
  • Up to 45 min flight time

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH was founded in 2015 in Munich and is specialized in the development and production of automatic, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing drones for a wide variety of use cases. The 50+ employees (growing) are working intensively on combining range and electric efficiency with the ability to vertically take-off and land without additional equipment.

CEO Florian Seibel: “Our passion is the continuous development of industry leading VTOL aircrafts. With our ready to operate systems we serve a wide range of customers. We help to increase yields in agriculture, fly 3-D reconstruction missions, do tactical mapping for security forces or provide mission critical video footage in real time to military users. Made in Germany, non ITAR and no back doors in soft- or hardware as all of our flight planning and autopilot software is designed in house”.

Unique feature – eVTOL fixed-wing system:

The eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs of Quantum-Systems unite the benefits of helicopters and airplanes in one new innovative aircraft. This makes it a game changer as it has both, the convenient handling of a helicopter and the sophisticated aerodynamics of an airplane. The systems therefore can cover up to 100 times more area than regular multi copter drones but are equally easy to control and operate. No catapults, runways or landing nets needed.

Your contact:
Ferdinand Veith, Online Marketing Manager
Tel: +49 (8105) 2415049
fveith@quantum-systems.com
www.quantum-systems.com

About ESG:

For five decades, ESG has been one of the leading German companies in the development, integration and operation of complex, safety-related electronic and IT systems and currently has sales of over EUR 300 million.

Some 2,000 employees of the ESG Group in Germany and internationally working within the three brands ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS and ESG MOBILITY deliver products and services in logistics, systems development, training and consultation to a range of customers that includes supervisory authorities as well as defence and industry organisations.

Independent process and technology consultancy is one of ESG’s key areas of expertise. By enabling technology transfer between markets, we make a decisive contribution to the added value of our customers.

Your contact:
Ulrich-Joachim Müller, Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 (89) 92161-2850
ulrich-joachim.mueller@esg.de
www.esg.de